The Diary of Sonny Ormrod DFC: Malta Fighter Ace

Author(s): Brian Cull and Frederick Galea 

ISBN: 9781781555293
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The complete story of Sonny Ormrod’s period of aerial combat over Malta. His was one of many young lives lost in the effort to safeguard Malta, and he was there when only Hurricanes were available to combat the Luftwaffe’s onslaught.
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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... 

BOOK ISBN 9781781555293
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING hardback
PAGES 336 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 34 black-and-white photographs

Brian Cull has been writing Second World War aviation history for the past twenty-five years and has more than twenty-five titles to his credit, many of which have been highly acclaimed. For Fonthill Media, he is the author of First of the Few: 5 June-9 July 1940, The Diary of Sonny Ormrod DFC: Malta Fighter Ace (with Frederick Galea), 249 at Malta: RAF’s Top-Scoring Fighter Squadron (with Frederick Galea), Fighters Over the Aegean: Hurricanes Over Crete, Spitfires Over Kos, Beaufighters Over the Aegean, 1943-44 and Battle for the Channel: The First Month of the Battle of Britain 10 July-10 August 1940.

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.