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185 The Malta Squadron  

In 1942 a Catalina crew of 210 Squadron, based at Sullom Voe in the Shetlands, was selected to carry out a series of highly secret operations, including a flight to the North Pole. The sorties were associated with a Norwegian expedition from Britain to Spitsbergen, to deny the use of the territory to the enemy. The flights made by the crew were frequently over twenty-four hours in length and reached the limits of human endurance, in conditions of extreme cold. Later, the squadron was detached to North Russia, to provide cover for the convoys taking vital supplies to the Allies on the Eastern Front. The navigator of the crew, Ernest Schofield, retained logs of most of these sorties. Together with other survivors of the crew, accounts from German sources and research carried out by Roy Conyers Nesbit, he recreated these little-known events, in detailed and accurate narrative that ends in tragedy.


AUTHOR – Anthony Rogers

PUBLISHER – Spellmount

FORMAT – Hardback

PAGES – 292


ISBN – 1 86227 2743

1 in stock

Category: Product ID: 11971


Featuring the diary entries of the airmen involved, a unique account of the epic battle for Malta as experienced by fighter pilots of Number 185 Squadron. In 1943, after helping to win the air war over Malta, the unit took part in the Allied invasions of Sicily and Italy taking the fight to the enemy by bombing and strafing targets in support of Allied ground forces. Including rare combat and intelligence reports, Anthony Rogers provides the reader with a clear understanding of the war in the air. Life in Malta’s longest-serving fighter squadron is narrated as an often humorous and sometimes poignant tale – all the more so with the knowledge that some contributors never survived the war. Illustrated with a selection of b&w photographs.

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