A birds-eye view, at masthead level
Many books and stories have been published about the fight in the North-African desert, the defense of Malta and the ultimate turning point of Alamein. Few books, however, have been dedicated to the hard slogging war over the Mediterranean and the coasts of Greece and Italy. And even fewer have given us a feeling for “how it was” by their pictures and photographs.
This book is an exception. It is based upon a veritable trove of gun camera stills and other pictures left behind by Wing Commander Dennis Ormonde Butler DFC, (“Dob”) , commanding officer of 252 Sqn. RAF. These pictures are all taken between 1942 and 1945, during the long and hard fight against Axis ports and shipping in the Mediterranean.
Chris Goss, himself an ex RAF wing-commander, has compiled an excellent set of sometimes stunning pictures and has completed them with relevant information from the squadron’s operation record book. This information and these pictures, often taken (literally) at masthead level, provide the reader with a unique insight of what that bitter fight has been.
I recommend this book to all those who want to learn kore about combat over the Mediterranean, especially from the airman’s perspective.
Combat over the Mediterranean
Pen &Sword – Frontline Books
Softcover, 154 pages