Faith, Hope and Charity: Three Planes Against an Air Force (Kenneth Poolman)

Faith, Hope and Charity: Three Planes Against an Air Force (Kenneth Poolman) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Military Air Force section. priced at just £5.00!

London: William Kimber, 1954, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Chronological tables [1]; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Frontispiece;

From the cover: In April 1940 Italy seemed to be about to enter the war and Malta, key to the Mediterranean, had no fighter defence. The A. O. C. Malta, Air Commodore F. H. M. Maynard, asked the C. -in-C. Mediterranean, Admiral Cunningham, for the use of four Sea-Gladiator fighters left behind by the carrier Glorious, as a local fighter defence unit. Permission was granted. They were biplane fighters, obsolete by modern standards and there were no fighter pilots on the island to fly them. From the volunteers that came forward six men were chosen, all flying-boat pilots, to form a Station Fighter Flight.

The first siren went off on June 11. A large formation of Italian bombers was met and driven off by three of the Gladiators, the fourth being kept as a spare. From this time on constant raids were met by the three old aircraft, now christened Faith, Hope and Charity by the Maltese. Against overwhelming odds, and with maintenance parties desperately patching and repairing the worn out machines under a rain of bombs, they scored a big bag of victories, even shooting down the modern fighters of the much vaunted Italian Air Force. Some Hurricanes arrived to join the Gladiators, and, thanks to These Three, this defence was later turned into glorious victory. Hope and Charity were destroyed, but the survivor Faith now stands in the Royal Palace of Valetta.

Mr. Poolmans narrative not only tells the story of the three aircraft but it also graphically describes the epic of the siege of Malta and the immortal page of history written by that island from 1940 to 1943.

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which has a little loss at the spine ends and corners. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.

Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 200 [8] pages. 8¾” x 5¾”.

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