Over 100 sorties were carried out by Italian aircraft, bombers and fighters, during 1940. This included a heavy bombardment of Harwich. It is likely that they mainly failed in their objectives owing to the obsolete type of machines involved and not to their pilots' reaction to temperature.
May I add to your interesting obituary of Luigi Micheletti [by Suzanne Bardgett, 17 January]? writes Malcolm Steele. Although the Italian bombers never reached London, as is suggested in the caption to the 1940 propaganda poster, they did partici pate inthe Battle of Britain.