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Air Battle of Malta (Hardback)

Aircraft Losses and Crash Sites, 1940 - 1942

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By Anthony Rogers
Greenhill Books
Pages: 220
ISBN: 9781784381882
Published: 18th April 2017

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In the Second World War, Malta was subjected to continual air attacks during a siege lasting nearly two and a half years.

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 first Spitfires in March 1942.

Of more than 1,000 aircraft destroyed during the battle, many fell into the Mediterranean or were written off in landing, and at least 200 crashed among the Maltese Islands.

This book documents all known aircraft crashes that occurred in and around Malta and Gozo during 1940–42, describing in detail the circumstances of each loss and what became of the pilot or crew, including some who even today are officially listed as missing.

The immediacy of eyewitness accounts from both sides provide a fascinating perspective of an epic battle – much of the material is previously unpublished, not least the narratives by those who were there.

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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Desert Stories

This book documents all known aircraft crashes that occurred in and around Malta and Gozo during 1940-42, describing in detail the circumstances of each loss and what became of the pilot or crew, including some who even today are officially listed as missing.The immediacy of eyewitness accounts from both sides provide a fascinating perspective of an epic battle - much of the material is previously unpublished, not least the narratives by those who were there.

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RECOLLECTIONS OF WWII - MEMOIRS & BOOKS WHICH SHOULD BE ON YOUR BOOKSHELF

This is a well-researched and readable volume. It is likely to appeal to those with a general interest in WW II and those with a particular interest in military operations in the Mediterranean section theatre of that conflict. Aviation enthusiasts with a particular interest in the Battle of Malta are likely to find it of interest, while the photographs could be useful to aero-modellers.

This reviewer found this volume a pleasure to read, It is a credit to the author’s penmanship, and it will probably become an ‘authoritative’ text on its subject.

NZ Crown Mines

These stirring black and white images have shed light on the RAF air battle over Malta, a ferocious but oft-forgotten chapter of the Second World War.

The Daily Mail Online 29/3/17
 Anthony Rogers

About Anthony Rogers

Anthony Rogers served in the Royal Marines on Malta. He was a photojournalist in the 1980s and 1990s, covering wars on three continents. Author of several books, he has a keen interest in events that occurred in and around the Mediterranean during the Second World War.

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