Friday, April 29, 2005
Air Defenses of Malta in January 1941
January 1941 saw the island of Malta with just 42 heavy and 28 light anti-aircraft guns. The only fighter aircraft on the island were No.261 Squadron RAF with 12 Hurricane I's. The other aircraft were No. 228 Squadron RAF with 5 Sunderland flying boats, No.69 Squadron RAF with 4 Martin Maryland maritime reconnaissance aircraft, No.148 Squadron RAF with 12 Wellington bombers, and No. 830 Squadron Fleet Air Arm with 10 Swordfish torpedo bombers. This is from Vol.II of the official history of the war in the Mediterranean and Middle East.