By Brian Cull
In keeping with the authentic, old and largely acclaimed 1987 Grub highway book Malta: The typhoon Years (still in print), Brian Cull's definitive Hurricanes over Malta is an absolutely revised and up-to-date account of the gallant band of RAF and Commonwealth pilots who flew Hurricanes in defence of Malta among June 1940 and April 1942, while assist in the guise of Spitfires eventually arrived. lots of the Hurricanes which held this tiny outpost of the British Empire within the center of Axis-dominated territory have been flown from the decks of airplane vendors or from bases in North Africa, whereas a handful of fighter pilots arrived by means of Sunderland flying boats or different plane in transit from the united kingdom through Gibraltar. lots of those pilots have been green and fast paid the ultimate rate, relatively while the Messerschmitt pilots of the elite 7/JG26 arrived in Sicily in early 1941, and later within the 12 months while extra from JG53 made their presence felt. because the previous booklet, a couple of very important own diaries and journals have come to mild, and those were extensively quoted to supply the atmospheric history, the recommendations and the hopes of a few of the storm pilots who defended Malta. no longer all the diarists survived, yet their impressions offer a becoming tribute to their braveness, aspirations and fears. a lot of the early interval of the air defence of Malta is stronger via the private reviews of Flt Lt (then Sgt Plt) James Pickering AFC, who flew Hurricanes with 261 Squadron, and who has additionally kindly supplied the Foreword and lots of of the formerly unpublished images to be came across inside of. Hurricanes over Malta is the 3rd during this new Grub highway sequence via Brian Cull that includes particular fighter airplane kinds in significant global struggle II campaigns or theatres of operations, following at the luck of Hurricanes over Tobruk (1999) and Spitfires over Sicily (2000). the following within the sequence, Hurricanes over Singapore, is because of seem in 2002
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Next day a formation of aircraft IdentifIed as 00215s (probably BfJ lOs) were engaged by the HUiTicancs, Pit Off Hamish Hamilton claiming one and "the rest of the boys sharing another. One or two of them collected the odd rear-gun bullet, but no one was seriously damaged", noted MacLachlan in his journal. 23 February, the Stukas of StG I returned, the guns puUmg up a heavy barrage and c1allnmg three destroyed. The Messerschmitts were back on the 24th, fo~r attackmg a flIght of patrolling Hurricanes over M'tarfa.
It seems probable that Taylor had fallen victim to Obit Muncheberg (White I), who claimed a Hurricane at 1306 soulh of Krendi, und reported: . the fighting spirit of the British pilot was fantastic: he tried. although very badly hit, to still attack a Ju88 [sic)". Milncheherg claimed a second Hurricane four minutes later so~th of the isla:nd, Uffz Georg Mondry also claiming one at this time, while Lt Klaus Mletusch (WhIle 2) reported shooting down another al 1317. lown by Hptm Helmut Mahlke, Gruppenkommandeur of IIStG3, who latel graphically recalled the experience: "A tremendous jolt, an ear-splitting crash, and my right wing burst open ..
Pit Off Pain (V7114) returned safely, claiming a Dormer probably destroyed and a Bfl09 dama"ed while other pilots claimed another Dormer probably destroyed 10 addi;iol1 to a Ju87 ;'obably destroyed (the latter apparently awarded to the missing Taylor).