This volume follows the Luftwaffe's twin-engined Wunderbomber southwards to describe its deployment in North Africa and the Mediterranean Theater during World War II (1939-1945), from the Straits of Gibraltar in the west, via the beleaguered island of Malta, to the Aegean and the Suez Canal in the east. It is a story of two distinct parts - the initial lightning successes, and then the long, slow process of retreat and defeat. It began early in 1941 with the first sporadic air raids on Malta, followed in the spring by the campaign in the Balkans which resulted in the conquests of Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete. After supporting land operations in North Africa during the latter half of 1941, the Ju 88s resumed their assault on Malta.
Such was their decline, however, that by the final month of the war there was just one machine left in the Mediterranean - an improved model Ju 188, which was used to drop Axis agents behind the Allied lines in Italy. Bringing the story to life are personal accounts of some of the more famous actions - the bombing of the evacuation shipping off the coast of Greece and the sinking of three Royal Navy destroyers south of Crete by the renowned 'Helbig Flyers' of LG 1, all illustrated with rare photographs and full color profiles.
"A solid pick for such [military history] collections... John Weal's Junkers JU 88 Kampfgeschwader in North Africa and the Mediterranean, telling of the history of the twin-engined bomber that performed as a bomber, reconnaissance platform, and fighter. Any library strong in aircraft development will find this a specialized winnger, as well." -The Bookwatch (January 2010)
"The author does a super job of covering the history and operations of the various Ju-88 units that were sent to the Mediterranean... This is further enhanced by a superb selection of period photos and the profiles done by the author. There are a number of very interesting and unusual camouflage schemes carried by the Ju-88s of this area of operations, making this a book that modelers as well as those who just like the aircraft will come to covet and enjoy. It is a book that I definitely enjoyed reading and is one I know you will like as well." -Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness / www.modelingmadness.com (February 2010)
Junkers Ju 88 Kampfgeschwader in North Africa and the Mediterranean by John Weal