|Introduction||early 1918 |
|Primary users|| Italy|
|Number built||255 [note 1]|
|Variants||Ca.45, Ca.46, Ca.47, Ca.50|
|Wingspan||23.5 m (77 ft) |
|Engine||3×200hp Fiat A-12|
|Armament||nose flexible MG and|
rear flexible MG
2×75kg and 9×25kg bombs 
The Caproni Ca.44 was the first in the series of large biplane Caproni Ca.5 bombers. The Ca.5's were somewhat larger than the Caproni Ca.3 bombers that preceded them. The Ca.44 went into service in early 1918 and served through the end of the war, with 255 of the various types built.  It was reportedly harder to maintain than the Ca.3's.
The French had moderate success at the license-produced Caproni Ca.3 and they may have also produced some Caproni 5's in the form of the C.E.P.3 BN3. They also purchased at least twenty directly from Italy in early 1918, and those were redesignated the CAP.3 BN3. 
For more information, see Wikipedia:Caproni Ca.5.
Miniatures and Models
- Metal: Heroics & Ros GWA411
- Munson, p.157.
- Lamberton, p.166.
- Lamberton, pp.226-227.
- Davilla, p.133.
- Davilla, p.129.
- Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.
- W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.
- Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711