Desert Scorpions

Leon Kane-Maguire

A history of the 459 Squadron RAAF 1942-1945. Presenting a clear picture of life in an operational Middle East squadron during the Second World War. Formed in Egypt in February 1942, the 459 squadron was initially equipped with Hudson aircraft and later converted to Venturas and Baltimores. Its operations ranged from anti-submarine and convoy escort patrols, including the sinking of U-97, to highly dangerous low level anti-shipping strikes and formation bombing raids. Operating from the inhospitable desert landing grounds of North Africa, the air and ground crews endured extremes of heat, sandstorms and floods.

Hard cover, illustrated, 528 pages.