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249 at Malta : Raf's Top-scoring Fighter Squadron.

By: Cull, Brian/ Galea, Frederick.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Fonthill Media, 2017Description: 224 pages : black and white illustrations ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781781555545; 1781555540.Subject(s): Great Britain. Royal Air Force. Squadron, No. 249 | World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, British | Pilots and pilotage | Royal Air Force -- Britain | Aircraft carriers | MaltaDDC classification: 355 | 355.0000 Summary: 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.
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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.

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.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. 5)
  • Acknowledgements (p. 7)
  • 1 In Mediterranean SKies (p. 11)
  • 2 Spitfires in Action (p. 62)
  • 3 Battle for Survival (p. 91)
  • 4 Bloody July (p. 116)
  • 5 The Final Blitz: The Battle is Won (p. 135)
  • 6 The Turning Tide (p. 161)
  • Appendix 1 249 Squadron Roll of Honour (p. 183)
  • Appendix 2 Combat Claims (p. 185)
  • Appendix 3 Officers Commanding (p. 203)
  • Appendix 4 Awards (p. 204)
  • Appendix 5 Squadron Bases (p. 205)
  • Appendix 6 Aircraft Flown (p. 206)
  • Appendix 7 'Mediterranean Odyssey' (p. 209)
  • Appendix 8 'Shot Down over Malta' (p. 213)
  • Appendix 9 'On the Run by Sgt Willie Wendt RCAF (p. 215)
  • Select Bibliography (p. 217)
  • Index (p. 218)