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ASSAULT FROM THE AIR

If the North African campaign of 1941 was to succeed, it was essential that all enemy ships supplying Rommel be destroyed.
Every day, two Blenheim squadrons flew dangerously low (50-100 ft) over the Mediterranean, in search of the enemy convoys - with bombs not torpedoes.
They battled against enormous odds. The ships were bristling with guns and the waves were perilously close. But they never gave in.
This is a tribute to the courage of 1 those young airmen who played such a vital role in that crucial battle. They paid the price of heroism with their lives - for only one in ten survived.

Review BLK

Not just another memoir of an RAF pilot, this is the tale of a self-described pacifist who becomes a light bomber pilot, flying a Blenheim IV from Malta. The first quarter of the book covers the author's decision to become a pilot, his training and a few anti-ship missions along the European coast. The remaining three-quarters covers 8 weeks as a member of 107 Squadron on Malta and the heavy toll the near suicidal losses suffered

Losses among 107 squadron had been so heavy – 90% of all original and replacement crews were killed in action during the Malta operations – that at one time the squadron was commanded by a sergeant, I. G. Broom

An interesting story worth a read
1979 softcover some foxing text good illustrated

See also Malta: The Thorn in Rommel's Side: Six Months that Turned the War by Laddie Lucas
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