Plt Off. Oliver Ormrod, better known as 'Sonny' to his RAF compatriots due to his youthful appearance, was just four days past his twentieth birthday when he was killed in action after his Hawker Hurricane was shot down. During his brief fighting career at Malta in February to April 1942, he was credited with only one enemy aircraft destroyed, although he shared in the destruction of three others.
Ormrod also claimed two probables and at least six damaged. A total of a dozen successes at a time when the Hurricane was completely outclassed by Messerschmitt Bf 109Fs of JG53, his bravery and valour were recognised by the award of a DFC. Although extracts from Ormrod’s diary have appeared in various publications over the years, the authors now offer the complete story of his brief period of combat in the skies over Malta.
He was one of many young lives lost in the effort to safeguard Malta and he was there when Hurricanes were only available to combat the Luftwaffe’s onslaught. This is his story...
Brian Cull has been writing Second World War aviation history for the past twenty-five years and has in excess of twenty-five titles to his credit. These include the Bloody Shambles series, Hurricanes over Malta, Spitfires over Malta, Twelve Days in May, Diver! Diver! Diver!, Gladiator Ace, Screwball Beurling, and Fighters over the Aegean, First of the Few and Blenheims Over Greece and Crete 1940-1941 for Fonthill Media.
Frederick Galea has been Malta’s National War Museum Association’s honorary secretary and newsletter editor for the last twenty years. He is also an accomplished aviation author in his own right and has written several books dealing with the air war at Malta. Additionally, he has co-authored a number of books with Brian.
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Extent: 336 pages
Illustrations: 34 black-and-white photographs