Fighters over the Aegean: Hurricanes over Crete, Spitfires over Kos, Beaufighters over the Aegean, 1943-44

Fighters over the Aegean: Hurricanes over Crete, Spitfires over Kos, Beaufighters over the Aegean, 1943-44

by Brian Cull


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781556320
Publisher: Fonthill Media
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Brian Cull is the author of some 30 books dealing mainly with WWII aviation, many of which were published by Grub Street and include ‘Bloody Shambles’, ‘Malta: The Hurricane Years’, ‘Malta: The Spitfire Year’, ‘Spitfires over Malta’, ‘Hurricanes over Malta’, ‘249 at War’, ‘Hurricanes over Singapore’, ‘Buffaloes over Singapore’, ‘Hurricanes over Tobruk’. He is also the author of ‘Screwball Beurling’, ‘249 at Malta’, ‘Gladiators over Malta’; ‘Blue on Blue’; while for Fonthill he has written ‘Fighters over the Aegean’, ‘First of the Few’ and ‘Blenheims over Greece & Crete’.

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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