Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

Memories of the Royal Naval School, Malta, 1947 - 1978.


Officer's Quarters Kalafrana ©

Early 1980s before demolition for Freeport site. These are the Officer's Married Quarters for Hal Far, situated on the hill overlooking the Hal Far Road. In the foreground is the quarry where the airframe of one of the Sea Gladiators of the Hal Far Flight was dumped during WW2.

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Martin Powell   [Jul 27, 2015 at 11:09 AM]
Supposedly the Gladiator that is now on display in the museum?
Prefect   [Jul 27, 2015 at 12:17 PM]
Presumably, though other sources name a different quarry. "By the summer of 1943 the siege had been broken and Malta had acted as the bridgehead to invading Sicily, but from the old airframe dump in the quarry near Luqa airfield the skeletal remains of N5520 Faith were retrieved and presented to the people of Malta by Air Vice Marshal Sir Keith Park on behalf of the British governor Lord Gort in recognition of their shared sacrifices and gallantry through the years of siege and hardship. Faith has been kept on display in the depths of the ancient Fort St. Elmo for most of the intervening 70 years. In 1974 she was partially restored by a detachment of RAF volunteers." Scarf & Goggles Club.
Prefect   [Jul 27, 2015 at 12:22 PM]
It is not to be confused with the pale imitation recently displayed at the Opera House. - Times of Malta.

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