By Christopher Shores, Brian Cull, Nicola Malizia
The air conflict for Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete started in June 1940 with the Italian statement of warfare. long ago, there was a lot controversy among air historians on some of the information of the operations. It was once the following, for instance, that Pat Pattie believed by way of many to be the Royal Air Forces unknown top-scoring fighter pilot of the total battle, observed such a lot of his motion. Taken from vast study into on hand British, Italian and German files, and interviews and correspondence with survivors or family of these current, this publication seeks to supply a correct portrait of the air struggle for Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete from 1940-41.
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We put t h e aircraft d o w n all right, a l t h o u g h we could not 42 Officers of 211 S q u a d r o n , R A F , shortly before departing N o r t h Africa for Greece. Left t o right, front row: Pit Off L S Delaney, Fig Off Farringdon ("A' Flight commander). Fit Lt G D 'Potato' J o n e s ('B' Flight commander), Sqn Ldr J R G o r d o n - F i n l a y s o n . Fit Lt G B D o u d n e y ('C' Flight c o m - mander), Fit Lt Kelly (Engineer Officer). Fit Lt Squires (Medical Officer); middle row: Pit Offs Williams (Intelligence Officer).
N o R A F o p e r a t i o n s were reported, and these would seem to have been Greek Blenheim IVs, a l t h o u g h n o losses seem to have been recorded by 32 M i r a either. O n e Blenheim f r o m this unit was lost in 41 Fit Lt E G 'Tap' J o n e s with his G l o s t e r Gladiator, (lanked by 80 S q u a d r o n ' s Warrant Officers. (E G Jones) a raid in the vicinity of P o g r a d e c on 27 N o v e m b e r , p r e s u m a b l y shot d o w n by g r o u n d fire; 1/Lt A l e x a n d r a s M a l a k e s and his crew perished.
506B floatplane b o m bers of the 35° S t o r m o BM over the O t r a n t o C h a n n e l . T h e s e aircraft had set o u t f r o m Italy to m a k e a raid south of Kalibaki but had been forced t o a b o r t by bad 32 Cant Z . 5 0 6 B reconnaissance-bomber floatplane of 146" Squadriglia R M . ( A M I via N Malizia) weather. Fig Off H u b b a r d in T2816 a n d Pit Off R J K H o g g in T2813 (one of the d a m a g e d Wellingtons) attacked o n e floatplane jointly, but were driven off by a C R 4 2 which a p p e a r e d on the scene, t h o u g h they believed that their initial o p p o n e n t had g o n e d o w n .
Air War for Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete 1940-41 by Christopher Shores, Brian Cull, Nicola Malizia