Hurricanes en route to Malta, June 1941. They were the mainstay of the Mediterranean fighter force till late 1942, Spitfires being retained for home service. By then they were thoroughly outclassed in air combat, but remained highly effective in the ground attack role.
During a visit to Malta in Viktor Schnez (middle) discusses the events of 3 January 1942 with eyewitnesses Peter Micallef (left) and John Galea (right). The Ju 88 crashed in the field behind where the three are standing
Malta was strategically situated outpost of the British Empire and the battle was ferocious. Pictured is Sergeant Archie Steele, who was killed on 31 March He is photographed while serving in 615 Squadron
These stirring black and white images shed light on the RAF air battle over Malta, am oft-forgotten chapter of the Second World War. Pictured is the burnt-out wreckage of Ju 88 piloted by Oberleutnant Schnez of 806