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By James Douglas-Hamilton

This e-book offers an interesting and practical account of the fight for the ownership of Malta in the course of international battle II. The air conflict raged for 2 and a part years in which time 14,000 a whole lot bombs have been dropped on a defiant inhabitants. The background is predicated at the diaries of Lord David Douglas-Hamilton, the author's uncle, who was once the chief of a Spitfire squadron that defended the island through the worst of the concern.

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Each time a transport ship carrying tanks, guns and ammunition was sunk, weapons disappeared which would have taken hundreds, perhaps even thousands of bombing missions to destroy once deployed in the Western desert. Torpedo-carrying Albacores of the Fleet Air Arm over Malta. (IWM) On Malta the defences were strengthened. The beaches and aerodromes were obstructed with barbed wire entanglements and mines, and more anti-aircraft guns were put in position around the aerodromes as precautions against possible invasion.

IWM) One of the Gunners manning the anti-aircraft batteries, Major Gilchrist, wrote in admiration: Spitfires began to make a welcome appearance in the air, but they were hopelessly outnumbered by the enemy fighters. Perhaps the most heroic sight throughout a heroic year was to see about half a dozen of these fighters in the air taking on all comers. 9 The fighter pilots were not the only ones to be hard-pressed. That some month Malta experienced a grave disappointment. The February convoy had failed to arrive and the next convoy from Alexandria ran into trouble in March.

The pilot flying on the left was concerned only with the sky to the right. With each man looking inwards towards his mate, there could be no blind spots; all was covered. The pair was fundamental to our existence. A section of four Spitfires, flying in line abreast, was based on two pairs; two sections of four aircraft on four pairs; a Squadron of three sections, the customary complement, depended on six pairs – twelve aircraft all in touch and relying, for their safety and their opportunities, upon the individual pair.

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