13.06.09 Thread moved to this section and parent thread moved to what-if section as originally intended.
Oh, and phylo, I have made my point clearly enough. I'm not going to waste any more time replying to your circular posts
Jon - I, and any readers of this thread, will have to conclude that you simply CAN'T answer them, or the facts that BOTH the Central Med in-theatre operations AND the through-traffic success of the Royal Navy prove you wrong. There ARE no other Fliergerkorps X' sinkings, nor convoys disrupted/sunk/turned back.
Feel free to take your ball and go home. Though it's disappointing.
The air war over Malta became much more forceful when the Luftwaffe began flying from Sicily
"Forceful" - but going by Hooton's comments...despite his normal slightly-pro-Luftwafe bias...as questionably successful as their anti-shipping activities. Hooton notes that on the first day of 1941 - AVM Maynard had 20 serviceable fighters on Malta; by the time Fliegerkoprs X was transferred away, it had destroyed "half the RAF fighters on the island"...but there were 24 left... 8O
What Hooton fails to note - as it's outside his remit on the LUFTWAFFE - was that the British successfully reinforced the RAF numbers on Malta from Alexandria TWICE during the Germans' air offensive. The RAF on the island passed out of the period of Fliegerkorps x' operations against Malta with 40% more fighter aircraft than it started it...
EDIT: it would be nice to have a reference for the Illustrious bombing...