Staplehurst, 1st ed., 2005. Xii + 292 pp., 33 photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Upper and lower edges of inside flaps (only) of d.j., narrowly trimmed, not affecting any text, minor scuffing to pasted e.p.'s (blank) o/w Nr.FINE. For eighteen months in 1941 and 1942, Number 185 Squadron saw continual action over the Mediterranean island of Malta. After the failure of the last Axis offensive in October 1942, the unit continued to defend Malta's skies. During the Allied invasions of Sicily and Italy its pilots took the fight to the enemy by bombing and strafing targets in support of ground forces. In 1944, the squadron relocated to Italy where it fought on until the end of the war in Europe. Throughout, fighter pilots recorded their experiences in an unofficial diary to provide a unique account about life in Malta's longest-serving fighter squadron. The result is an often humorous tale.