FACTS AND STATS OF THE SIEGE

8 – Number of serviceable Spitfires on Malta on 1 April, 1942

19 – Number of serviceable Hurricanes on Malta on 1 April, 1942

1 – Number of serviceable fighters on Malta on five separate days in April, 1942

0 – Number of serviceable fighters on Malta on 14 April, 1942

47 – Number of newly arrived Spitfires on Malta on April 20, 1942

7 – Number of Spitfires available on Malta on April 30, 1942

296 – Number of tons of bombs dropped on Takali Airfield in 24 hours on 20-21 March 1942, making it the most bombed Allied airfield ever.

6,728 – Number of tons of bombs dropped on Malta in April, 1942 (36 times the size of the bombing of Coventry). 1,700 tons dropped on Dresden.

3,156 – Number of tons of bombs dropped on harbour areas in Malta in April, 1942.

841 – Number of tons of bombs dropped on Takali airfield in April, 1942.

805 – Number of tons of bombs dropped on Luqa airfield in April, 1942.

18,000 – Number of tons of bombs dropped during entire Blitz of England

1,700 – Number of tons of bombs dropped on Dresden on 14 February 1945

260 – Number of tons of bombs dropped on Coventry, November 1940

3,340 – Number of air raid alerts over Malta during siege.

170 – The average number of enemy aircraft flying over Malta every day between December 1941 and April 1942.

26 – Number of confirmed enemy aircraft shot down by George ‘Screwball’ Beurling between July and October 1942.  No other allied pilot shot down more planes in such a short period of time at any point in the Second World War.

30,027 – Number of Maltese buildings destroyed and damaged during the siege.

17 miles by 9 – approximate size of Malta.

454 – Number of enemy aircraft destroyed or damaged by Malta’s anti-aircraft gunners during siege.

102 – Number of enemy aircraft confirmed shot down by Malta’s anti-aircraft gunners during April 1942.

65 – Number of destroyed or damaged enemy aircraft on 10 May, 1942

82 – Number of enemy aircraft destroyed between 10-14 October 1942

350 – Number of enemy aircraft destroyed or damaged during Axis blitz of October, 1942.

174 – Number of RAF fighter pilots killed in action over Malta between June194 and November 1942.

In two months in 1942 – March and April – more bombs were dropped on Malta (an island a fraction of the size of London) than were dropped on London during the entire Blitz.

 

 

 

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