Air Battle of Malta

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Air Battle of Malta
In the Second World War, Malta was besieged for nearly two and a half years, during which time a decisive air war was waged between Britain, Italy and Germany. This is part of that story, from the early days in June 1940, when only a few Gladiator biplanes were available to combat Italian bombers and fighters, to the intervention of the Luftwaffe and the tenuous defence by outclassed Hurricanes, culminating in the desperate months of fighting following the arrival on Malta of the Spitfire in March 1942. What became of the many aircraft destroyed over the Maltese Islands, and what was the fate of their pilots and crews? More than a thousand aircraft were lost. Many crashed into the Mediterranean; others came down on Malta and the neighbouring island of Gozo. This book focuses on the latter - some 200 British, Italian and German machines, and the fate of their pilots and crews. It reveals where those aeroplanes fell, thus providing a record that will continue to be valued by future generations. This comprehensive volume documents all known aircraft crash sites in and around the Maltese Islands and provides the circumstances of each loss are related in detail with accounts from both sides. In Germany especially there are many still unaware of the fate of family members who never returned after the Second World War. This book reveals what happened to some who even today are still officially listed as 'missing'.
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Publisher: Greenhill
Author: Anthony Rogers
Format: Hardback
Issue Date: 2017
Pages: 220
Product Code: 9781784381882
Weight: 0.57kg