And some story, this high voltage yarn based on a diary of a man now a Lieutenant in the U.S.A.A.F., but -- at the time of writing -- attached to the R.A.F. and stationed at Malta, where death came at the rate of one a day for fighter pilots. He won the Maliese Croos, one out of six selected from the 200 pilots who took part in some 4000 raids. The diary, however, is more romance than action, in the story of the three closest to him, -- Fote, tall and cynical; Eddie Street, who fell in love with Line, a native girl; Tedford, quiet and scholarly; and Jimme, the W.A.A.F, they nest in London, with whom both Fete and Coffin fell in love, and who comes to Malta. Complications when Pete dies, leaving the coast clear for Coffin, only to have husband revealed as the older, disgraced group captain who redeems himself in condemning his son. Death claims Eddie and Tedford, and finally Jimmie, in an attempt to save Line in an air raid. And Coffin comes back to America, alone. A lush-this-but reads well as such things go. Rentals, plus.