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

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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781550441
  • Publisher: Fonthill Media
  • Publication date: 2/19/2013
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue The Situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and Aegean - Mid-1943 7

Chapter I Hurricanes over Crete - Air Attack on Crete (Operation Thesis) 11

Chapter II Beaufighters over the Aegean - April-September 1943 21

Chapter III Operation Microbe - British Occupation of the Dodecanese Islands 27

Chapter IV German Invasion and British Surrender of Kos 42

Chapter V Beaufighters in Support of Kos Operations - September-October 1943 53

Chapter VI The Battle for Leros 83

Chapter VII Beaufighters in Support of Leros Operations - November 1943 91

Chapter VIII Beaufighters over the Aegean, Spitfires over Crete - 1944 109

Chapter IX Seafires, Hellcats and Wildcats over the Aegean 147

Chapter X 'Night-Hunters' over the Aegean 154

Chapter XI Spitfires vs. The High Flyers - 1942-44 181

Chapter XII Luftwaffe Reconnaissance Operations in the Eastern Mediterranean - 1943-44 197

Chapter XIII The End in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean 207

Epilogue Civil War Erupts in Greece 213

Appendix I Beaufighter Operational Losses - 1943-44 216

Appendix II Shot Down and Captured 224

Appendix III Reminiscences 229

Appendix IV Secret Mission - Kommando Süd 238

Appendix V The Discovery of Two Abandoned Ju 86Rs 240

Acknowledgements 242

Endnotes 243

Select Bibliography 247

Index 248

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