Fighters over Malta

Gladiators and Hurricanes 1940-1942

Brian Cull, Frederick Galea

Brian Cull's definitive ‘Fighters over Malta: Gladiators and Hurricanes 1940-1942' is a highly detailed account of the gallant band of RAF and Commonwealth pilots who flew Gladiators and Hurricanes in defence of Malta between June 1940 and April 1942, when help in the guise of Spitfires finally arrived.
Date Published :
September 2018
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Language:
English
Illustration :
32pp of plates
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781781556634
Pages : 496
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.15 inches
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$45.00

Overview
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Brian Cull's definitive Fighters over Malta: Gladiators and Hurricanes 1940-1942 is a highly detailed account of the gallant band of RAF and Commonwealth pilots who flew Gladiators and Hurricanes in defense of Malta between June 1940 and April 1942, when help in the guise of Spitfires finally arrived. Most of the Hurricanes which held this tiny outpost of the British Empire in the heart of Axis-dominated territory had been flown from the decks of aircraft carriers or from bases in North Africa, while a handful of fighter pilots arrived by Sunderland flying boats or other aircraft in transit from the UK via Gibraltar. Many of these pilots were inexperienced and quickly paid the supreme price, particularly when the Messerschmitt pilots of the elite 7/JG26 arrived in Sicily in early 1941, and later in the year when more from JG53 made their presence felt.

A number of important personal diaries and journals have come to light, and these have been widely quoted to provide the atmospheric background, the thoughts and the hopes of some of the Hurricane pilots who defended Malta. Not all of the diarists survived, but their impressions provide a fitting tribute to their courage, aspirations and fears. Much of the early period of the air defense of Malta is enhanced by the personal experiences of Flt Lt (then Sgt Plt) James Pickering AFC, who flew Hurricanes with 261 Squadron.

About The Author
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Brian Cull is a highly respected Grub Street author with past publications such as Hurricanes over Tobruk, Hurricanes over Malta, Spitfires over Sicily and Buffaloes over Singapore to his credit.

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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