The siege of Malta during World War 2 is one of the great epics of aerial warfare. In 1942, it was described alternately as both a 'fighter pilot's paradise' and 'the most bombed place on earth'. During the peak of the Axis efforts against Malta, it suffered 154 consecutive days and nights of bombing, 100 nights more that London suffered during the Blitz.
The destruction of Axis convoys by Malta-based aircraft proved to be one of the decisive factors in the defeat of Rommel's forces in North Africa. This vital position would have been lost if it had not been for the successful defence of the island by a handful of greatly outnumbered Royal Air Force fighter squadrons. In the brutal and unforgiving air war over Malta only the very best fighter pilots succeeded, and all too often that was no guarantee of living another day. This book details the heroic story of the Spitfire Aces based on Malta. Drawn from an international team of Australians, British, Canadians, New Zealanders, Rhodesians and South Africans these pilots fought against extreme deprivation, physical hardships and overwhelming odds in one of the most crucial and decisive air battles of World War II.
Author, profile artist and illustrator Steve Nichols has been an avid wartime aviation buff since his childhood, growing up near the aircraft factories of Wichita, Kansas. The son of a Canadian born, 7th USAAF, World War II veteran, he is member of the Bomber Command Association and the Eighth Air Force Historical Society. Steve was writer, illustrator and historical consultant on two award-winning documentaries on the United States Eighth Air Force. However his favourite areas of interest are Royal Air Force, Fleet Air Arm and Commonwealth subjects. He is known for his high level of accuracy, detail and thorough knowledge of the same. Currently, he teaches High School History and Art, and also works as a freelance illustrator/graphic designer in the Kansas City area, U.S.A.