Combat over the Mediterranean

A birds-eye view, at masthead level

P&S_MED_CoverMany 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.


September 17, 1943 – 252 Sqn. attacking  a three-ship convoy carrying troops from Piraeus to Rhodes. Shown here is the 3.754 ton coaster Paula under attack by RAF Beaufighters

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
Chris Goss
Pen &Sword – Frontline Books
Softcover, 154 pages
ISBN 978-1-47338-943-9



About Kingsleyr

Thank you for visiting my blog! The posts you find here are a direct result of my research into aviation and military history. I use the information I gather as a foundation and background for my books. You may call the genre historical fiction, a story woven into a background of solid and verifiable historical facts. However, the period and region I have chosen to write about (late 1930's - 1950's in South-East Asia) are jam-packed with interesting information and anecdotes. If I'd used them all I would swamp the stories. So this blog is the next best thing. It is an "overflow area" in which I can publish whatever I think will interest you. And from the reactions I get, I deduce I am on the right track. A lot will be about aviation in the former Dutch East Indies. This, because my series of books ("The Java Gold") follows a young Dutch pilot in his struggle to survive the Pacific War and its aftermath. But there's more in the world and you'll find descriptions of cities, naval operations and what not published on this blog. Something about myself; I am a Dutch-Canadian author, living in, and working out of the magical city of Amsterdam. My lifelong interest in history and aviation, especially WW2, has led me to write articles and books on these subjects. I hope you'll enjoy them!
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1 Response to Combat over the Mediterranean

  1. GP Cox says:

    It is always a fantastic feeling to know that even more relics, such as these photos and stories, have been saved!!


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