On 28 October 1940, Italian forces invaded Greece via Albania, while its air force commenced bombing sorties over western, central and eastern Greece. For its defence, apart from the great fighting spirit of its soldiers, was a mediocre and obsolete collection of mainly biplane fighters, plus a handful of slightly more modern bombers – French Potez 63s, Fairey Battles and Blenheims. In fact, the Blenheims were the latest Mark IVs whereas many of the British bomber units in the Middle East were still operating the Mark I. But the Greek Air Force had only one dozen Blenheims. The Greeks promptly pleaded for help from Britain, and the RAF responded in quick time. By 5 November 1940, the first Blenheim unit (30 Squadron) had arrived and was soon followed by two more (84 and 211 Squadrons) plus a squadron of Gladiators.
Blenheims over Greece & Crete 1940-1941 is an account of the heroics of the small band of British and Greek airmen who flew the Blenheims against ever-increasing odds, particularly once the Luftwaffe put in an appearance.
Brian Cull lives in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and is a full-time researcher/writer on Second World War aviation. He has over twenty-five aviation titles to his credit including: Hurricanes over Malta, Spitfires over Sicily and Hurricanes over Tobruk. Other books include the highly-rated Diver! Diver! Diver! –the definitive account of the V1 Flying Bomb campaign – Gladiator Ace – a biography of Bill Vale DFC Blue-on-Blue – the first of a series of in-depth accounts of aerial friendly fire from 1939-40 – and Flying Sailors at War - FAA 1940. Blenheims over Greece and Crete 1940-1941 is Brian’s third book for Fonthill. Fighters over the Aegean was published in 2012 and First of the Few 5 June - 9 July 1940 was published in 2013.
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Illustrations: 75 b/w photographs