The siege of Malta is one of the great epics of aerial warfare. In 1942, it was described alternately as a ‘fighter pilot’s paradise’ and ‘the most bombed place on earth’. the island only remainded in Allied hands thaks to the successful defence mounted by a handful of greatly outnumbered RAF fighter squadrons. In the brutal and unforgiving air war over MAlta only the very best fighter pilot succeeded, and all to often that was summed up in a terse signal to London after the decimation of a new draft of pilots flown in during the first USS Wasp voyage – ‘Malta is no place for beginners’. Detailed in this volume are the stories of the Spitfire aces of Nos 126,185,229,249,601,603, and 1435 Sqns who provided aerial defence during the siege. Flying under conditions of extreme hardship and physical deprivation, an international team from Britain and the Commonwealth, as well as the USA, prevailed against overwhelming odds in one of the most decisive air battles of World War 2.
OSPREY AIRCRAFT OF THE ACES:
- Conprehensive histories of the elite fighter pilots, and the aircraft that they flew
- A unique source of information researched by recognised experts, and brought to life by first-hand accounts from the combat veterans themselves
- Concise, authoritative text is supported by at least 30 specially commissioned original colour artworks, new scale plans and the best archival photography from around the world.