Air Battle of Malta

Aircraft Losses and Crash Sites, 1940 - 1942

Anthony Rogers

 
Date Published :
June 2017
Publisher :
Greenhill Books
Language:
English
Illustration :
65 illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781784381882
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$44.95

Overview
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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 defense 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 neighboring 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 airplanes 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’.

About The Author
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Anthony Rogers has written several books and countless articles, nearly all related to military defence matters. He was also a photojournalist, during which time his material featured in newspapers, magazines and in television programmes. He has been researching and writing for years about events that occurred in and around the Mediterranean during the Second World War.

REVIEWS
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"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'."

- 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. "

- Recollections of WW2

Meticulously researched. Not only documents the location of all known air crashes — Allied and Axis — that occurred in and around the Maltese Islands during those years, but also tells the often fascinating story of each and every one. Malta’s strategic location in the Mediterranean was of vital importance to both sides, and the fighting that took place in its skies was brutal and frequent. This engagingly-written tome details the various crashes in chronological order, and includes in its appendices a table containing all the details of each crash, full endnote references and a properly compiled index, making it a valuable work of reference.

- The Aviation Historian, Issue 20

"A compelling and utterly fascinating account of one of the greatest air battles of the Second World War and the crash sites that exist today”

- James Holland, author of The War in the West and The Battle of Britain

"These stirring black and white images have shed light on the RAF air battle over Malta, a ferocious but often forgotten chapter of the Second World War. The stunning pictures show British Royal Air Force pilots proudly displaying Swastika-clad trophies from downed Luftwaffe planes on the island, a strategically situated outpost of the British Empire. Other shots show children playing among the plane wreckage, pilots posing with their planes and surviving participants of the battle revisiting Malta - a British colony at the time - years later."

- Maltese e-Newsletter, April 2018

"Rogers puts us in the seats of the doomed aircraft, together with the airmen who fought in them, allowing us to see through the eyes of those who witnessed with jubilation or shock at the destruction of aircrafts of their friends or foe. The relief at the escape and survival of its crews; and the sorrow at the demise of their fellow airmen, friends, countrymen or enemies in the sky… through Rogers’s words, we feel all this and more."

- Times of Malta

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