MEDITERRANEAN MAELSTROM

Morten Jessen and Andrew Arthy describe how Fw 190 operations over North Africa, Malta, and Sicily during 1942-43 hampered the Allied war effort

Given developments in North Africa in 1942, it was clear to the German high command that its means of waging war there had to be improved. The Luftwaffe bolstered its North African strength with Focke-Wulf’s Fw 190, then one of the most modern fighter-bomber aircraft, flown by experienced pilots. A relatively short but intense deployment of the type on that battlefront between November 1942 and the summer of 1943 was a troublesome shock for the Allies.

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