Jane’s , 1st ed., 1980. 192 pp., various photo-ills., + 3 maps + 7 plans. D.j., 23 x 16cm. Nr.FINE. Based on Fleet Air Arm and Squadron records, as well as first-hand accounts, this is an account of an air training squadron of the Royal Navy, no. 830, thrown abruptly into front-line service to attack the convoys replenishing Rommel. Because their aircraft, obsolete open-cockpit Swordfish, affectionately termed ‘Stringbags’, were slow and vulnerable, their crews flew at night from bomb-battered Malta with torpedo, bomb and mine to stop the vital flow of men and supplies to the Afrika Korps. They took heavy losses but their successes made the struggle worthwhile. Joined later by a squadron of slow but aggressive Albacores, they helped to beat Rommel, sinking 400,000 tons of Axis shipping by 1942.