Christopher Shores et al have produced another excellent account of air combat in the Mediterranean theater covering the period February 1942 - March 1943. The authors have provided much new information on operations described earlier in Fighters over the Desert and Fighters Over Tunisia.
The book is organized in much the same fashion as its predecessor. Each chapter contains approximately 70 - 90 pages of richly detailed narrative spanning several months. The exceptions being Chapter 10 which discusses anti-shipping operations during the period 1 July 1942 to 31 March 1943 and Chapter 11 which is focused on "The Allied Heavy Bomber Offensive" during roughly the same period. Chapter 11 is followed by a three page Bibliography and index. As you might have surmised, the bibliography contains no mention of the primary sources used.
There are isolated issues in the narrative, such as the events of 23 March 1943 which partially describe the death of JG-77 ace Major Joachim Müncheberg (Captain Sweetland's wingman, in a report filed that evening, presents a very different version of events. In addition, Sweetland was one of two USAAF Spitfires shot down in that engagement - perhaps that will be discussed in more detail in Chapter 3, but no annotation as such was added to the narrative). I also wondered why anti-shipping operations discussed in Chapter 10 did not include USAAF anti-shipping missions. As before, perhaps that material will be included in Chapter 3. That said, I found the only section that fell short of my expectations turned out to be Chapter 11 entitled "Allied Heavy Bomber Offensive." In my mind, "Allied" means British and American. However, this chapter contains an account of British operations and order of battle with a smattering of US raids included. While the authors mention in the introduction that they are limiting their coverage to raids that resulted in aircraft losses or were of particular effectiveness, I would submit that the below might offer one instance (and there are others) that deserved inclusion:
28 December 1942 - Eight B-24Ds of the 343d Bombardment Squadron attacked Sousse harbor from an altitude of 18500 to 19600 feet. Bomb load for each a/c was 6 x 1000 lb American general purpose bombs. Dropped bombs in train. Two aircraft returned with bombs. One aircraft jettisoned bombs. Results: Set fire to two ships along commercial quay, hits on Mole and position three on Map S/22. Explosion on commercial quay. Losses: None. AA accurate from heavy guns. Seven Bf-110s and two Bf-109s attacked formation. Two enemy planes shot down. (98th BG sortie reports, Jan - Mar 43, Rpt dtd 28 Dec 42) Note: The raid sank Italian freighters Anna Maria (1205 tons) and Armando (1541 tons), see Navi Mercantili Perdute pp. 35 and 57.
When other raids that led to aircraft losses are mentioned, they contain a minimum of information. For example, the 15 November 1942 raid is only presented in the claims/losses narrative with no supporting detail while the following occurred: "Four B-24Ds of the 345th Bombardment Squadron, five B-24Ds of the 343d Bombardment Squadron, five B-24Ds of the 344th Bombardment Squadron and five B-24Ds of the 415th Bombardment Squadron set out to destroy warehouses, docks, and shipping at Tripoli with merchant ship at El Agheila as secondary target. Ordnance load of 5 x 1000 pound bombs or 8 x 500 pound bombs. Bombing altitude 14000 feet. Very few aircraft reached target due to bad weather. The 345th BS formation bombed the secondary target with unobserved results. One enemy aircraft shot down, was seen to hit water and explode. 415th BS flight turned back before reaching target due to bad weather clouds. Secondary target bombed but no hits or near misses observed. Three aircraft hit by AA fire. Five B-24Ds of 344th BS did not reach target due to weather. One aircraft jettisoned its bombs, three other aircraft dropped their bombs on enemy airfields, and one aircraft dropped its bombs on an Oasis south of Benghazi. The 343d BS formation did not reach the target due to weather, two aircraft dropping bombs on El Magrum airport and nearby congested road. Near hits to road and vehicles were observed. One aircraft received battle damage to its No. 2 engine and left tire. One enemy Bf-109 believed damaged. No losses." (98th BG sortie reports, Jan - Mar 43, Rpts dtd 15 and 16 Nov 42)."
Granted, this narrative could be trimmed down considerably but readers would know that the 345th Bombardment Squadron shot down the Bf-109 lost by 8/JG 77.
I understand the lack of detail on all bombing operations, but it does seem that a number of RAF raids covered in this chapter do not meet the criteria stated in the introduction.
To be fair, the challenges of covering aerial operations in which, for example, fighter units on the German side were redeployed from Libya to Tunisia to fight the USAAF and back again to combat the RAF are manifold. That is why I unreservedly give this volume a five star rating and once again salute the international team of historians who are undertaking this magnificent effort. Highly recommended with a caveat that this volume may not provide all the details that readers interested in USAAF units might desire.