A twin-motored Wellington bomber arrived at Gibraltar from Great Britain one day last week, refueled and took off after dark, heading east. It was a dirty night over the Mediterranean but this plane had to go. It carried the new Deputy Commander of the British Air Forces in the Middle East: square-cut Air Marshal Owen Tudor Boyd, 51, erstwhile of the Balloon Barrage Command at home and years before that a World War I pilot. With him flew his staff, composed of a major and three junior officers, and a plane crew of three.

To reach Malta, where Air Marshal Boyd...

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