Fighters over the Aegean: Hurricanes over Crete, Spitfires over Kos, Beaufighters over the Aegean

Fighters over the Aegean: Hurricanes over Crete, Spitfires over Kos, Beaufighters over the Aegean

by Brian Cull
     
 
Following the Casablanca Conference in January 1943, at which the Americans refused to back Britain's plan to invade the Dodecanese Islands in the Aegean, to be followed by an invasion of the Greek mainland, a weakened British attempt was made with disastrous results. The Americans wished to concentrate all their forces in capturing Sicily and then invading southern

Overview

Following the Casablanca Conference in January 1943, at which the Americans refused to back Britain's plan to invade the Dodecanese Islands in the Aegean, to be followed by an invasion of the Greek mainland, a weakened British attempt was made with disastrous results. The Americans wished to concentrate all their forces in capturing Sicily and then invading southern Italy. In this first comprehensive account of aerial operations over the Eastern Mediterranean/Aegean, the first chapter covers the disastrous Hurricane attack on Crete (Operation Thesis), an attempt to divert Axis attention from Sicily; subsequent chapters deal with British landings on the islands of Kos and Leros when Spitfires vainly attempted to hold the Luftwaffe at bay. Meanwhile, Beaufighters flying from North Africa and Cyprus roamed over the Aegean attacking shipping and aerial transports with success but at a heavy cost, until the Germans withdrew from the Aegean and the Greek mainland. In addition, specially modified Spitfires are detailed to combat pressurized high-altitude Ju 87 spy planes used by the Luftwaffe based on Crete, and the Fleet Air Arm with its Seafires, Wildcats and Hellcats over the Aegean. Also, the book includes many firsthand accounts from both British and German aircrew extracted from official reports and memoirs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781781550441
Publisher:
Fonthill Media
Publication date:
04/02/2015
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Brian Cull is a highly respected Grub Street author. He lives with his wife Val in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk , the County of his birth.

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