Numerous missions initiated by the Italians in the Mediterranean were intended to be joint attacks by naval and air forces. On a significant number of occasions, the aircraft never appeared at the desired location or appeared at the wrong time, missing the confrontation by hours. Once, on 9 July 1940, the Regia Aeronautica even went so far as to accidentally bomb the Regia Marina’s ships instead of the British ships.
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