Malta, Luqa Airfield, June 1943: the Commander of No 23 Squadron, Royal Air Force, Wing Commander John B Selby, DSO, DFC, already on flight dress, and his observer looking at their de Havilland Mosquito II aircraft “P-Peter” while other members of the Squadron watch from atop the blast wall at the Dispersal Point. The four 20mm cannon are corked to prevent dirt damaging them. Victor Sierra
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A RAF’s Spitfire VC forced to land because battle damages on the Scoglitti’s shore, near Ragusa, SE Sicily. The aircraft, of No 185 Squadron RAF based at Malta, was down by the Macchi MC.202 of Italian Air Force’s 51st Stormo, took off from Gela air base, on 9 September 1942.
"Fortress Malta" by Nicolas Trudgian - In the summer of 1942, the desperate battle to keep Malta in Allied hands is at its height. The vital port of Valletta is the beleaguered target for yet another attack by Luftwaffe JU88 bombers. Spitfire Mk VBs of No.249 Squadron, who, in pursuit of the bombers, have become entangled with the enemy escort fighters. These include Me109s of JG53 and Italian Air Force Re2001s of 2º Gruppo based in Sicily.