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The siege of Malta during World War 2 is one of the great epics of aerial warfare. In 1942, it was described alternately as both a 'fighter pilot's paradise' and 'the most bombed place on earth'. During the peak of the Axis efforts against Malta, it suffered 154 consecutive days and nights of bombing, 100 nights more that London suffered during the Blitz.

The destruction of Axis convoys by Malta-based aircraft proved to be one of the decisive factors in the defeat of Rommel's forces in North Africa. This vital position would have been lost if it had not been for the successful defence of the island by a handful of greatly outnumbered Royal Air Force fighter squadrons. In the brutal and unforgiving air war over Malta only the very best fighter pilots succeeded, and all too often that was no guarantee of living another day. This book details the heroic story of the Spitfire Aces based on Malta. Drawn from an international team of Australians, British, Canadians, New Zealanders, Rhodesians and South Africans these pilots fought against extreme deprivation, physical hardships and overwhelming odds in one of the most crucial and decisive air battles of World War II.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Malta assumes a role of major importance in World War 2/Chapter 2 US Navy aircraft carrier USS Wasp delivers 46 Spitfires and Nos 601 and 603 Sqns to Malta on 20 April 1942/Chapter 3 Operation Pedestal delivers desperately needed supplies to the island/Chapter 4 The Axis Air Forces make a last bid for air supremacy over/Chapter 5 Short career summaries of the leading Spitfire aces on Malta/Appendices

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Published Sep 23 2008
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781846033056
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Aircraft of the Aces
Short code ACE 83
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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