249 at Malta

RAF's Top-Scoring Fighter Squadron

Brian Cull, Frederick Galea

Date Published :
June 2017
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
black and white photographs
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ISBN : 9781781555545
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.15 inches
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By the end of 1941, following its participation in the Battle of Britain, 249 was posted to Malta. Having been informed that its pilots would be required to fly from the deck of an aircraft carrier, intensive practice flights took place with two Hurricanes fitted with long-range tanks, making shortened take-off runs from an airfield runway. And that was that. The following month, having been ferried to Gibraltar, the aircraft were off-loaded on to the Ark Royal and all 20 safely reached Malta. This was the beginning of 249's Mediterranean adventure in the defense of Malta. Spitfires would follow early in 1942 and by the time it moved to a new theater of operations, 249 had claimed 245 air victories in the skies over Malta, producing many ace pilots such as ‘Screwball' Beurling, Laddie Lucas, Johnny Plagis, John Lynch, to name but a few.

About The Author

Brian Cull is a highly respected Grub Street author. He lives with his wife Val in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk , the County of his birth.

Frederick Galea is a prolific writer on Malta’s WWII aviation heritage. He and Brian have combined forces on many occasions to produce historical aviation gems.

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