Production of 42 aircraft was completed in 1936 and these aircraft served with the 5th and 50th Stormos up to 1939 when the 27 operational Ba 64s were withdrawn from front-line service. The remaining aircraft were used in various secondary roles until the last 4 were scrapped in 4/43.
When Italy entered World War II in 6/40, the Regia Aeronautica had 154 Breda Ba.65s in its inventory, including 119 fitted with Fiat A80 RC41 engines and a small number of Ba.65bis two-seaters with a manually operated 12.7mm machine Breda BA.65 gun in the rear gunner’s pit rather than the Breda L turret.
The Italian army had two standard 20mm anti-aircraft weapons during World War II. One was the Breda and the other was the Cannone-Mitragliera da 20/77 (Scotti) that was first designed in 1932 and produced by the Swiss Oerlikon company that used a 60 round drum that was eventually discarded in favor of 12 round trays […]