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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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HMS Ledbury - July 2013 ©317 viewsPhoto kindly supplied by the British High Commission who may be found here on Flickr and here on Facebook.Prefect
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Wrens on the Roof391 viewsWhitehall Mansions 1960
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HMS Illustrious - November 2012289 viewsPhoto © Royal Navy.Prefect
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Glasgow's Diso? ©273 viewsPrefect
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HMS Echo ©266 viewsJune 2013Prefect
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In the ERAs club, Floriana 1952327 viewsdfss
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HMS Cleopatra 1952288 viewsdfss
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HMS Cleopatra in 1952310 viewsIn which my father was then serving. Photo taken by Mary Cowan on a visit to the island in that year.dfss
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HMS Cleopatra as "HMS Amesbury".353 viewsIn Single Handed.Prefect
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Manxman disguised as "Essen".341 viewsWith not very convincing guns.Prefect
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Manxman 1952373 viewsDuring the filming of Single Handed at Dwejra Bay.
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Ark Royal401 viewsProbably 1977.Prefect
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Postcard Dockyard Creek365 viewsProbably HMS Surprise.Prefect
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HMS Brazen 1986358 viewsPrefect
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Wrens in Marsamxett c1945379 viewsPrefect
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Hermes Squadrons at Hal Far 1966 ©1054 viewsBuccaneers of 809, and Sea Vixens of 892 Squadrons, disembarked from HMS Hermes, ashore at RNAS Hal Far dispersal.Kalabrat
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728 (FRU) Sqn FAA at Hal Far dispersal, 1966. ©500 viewsTT20 Target Towing Meteors.
Formed at North Front, Gibraltar on 1 May 1943 with fixed wing target tugs and moved around bases of the Mediterranean rim during WWII. Mosquitos were issued towards the end of 1945. After 4 months at RAF Luqa, the unit moved to Hal Far (HMS Falcon) on 5 May 1946. From Dec 1952 the Squadron operated helicopters alongside its fixed wing types, first Dragonfly HR.3s then Whirlwinds. 728 Squadron was disbanded at Hal Far on 31 May 1967, when it handed back its last Meteors.
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No 9 OMQ Kalafrana 1966 ©457 viewsHome in 1966/7, overlooking Kalafrana and Birzebbugia, now, alas, buried under a giant container port. The car is a VW Variant estate, bought new in Malta, free of purchase tax, and driven back to the UK via Sicily at the end of the posting.
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Officer's Quarters Kalafrana ©530 viewsEarly 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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WRNS Quarters at Kalafrana ©420 viewsEarly 1980s before their demolition.
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Lt Cdr Jack Colbeck 491 viewsAEO 728 Squadron, 1967.

By then no longer RNAS Hal-Far (HMS Falcon) having become RAF Hal-Far on 1st Sept 1965.
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Last White Ensign at Hal Far 908 views31 May 1967 on the disbandment of 728 Naval Air Squadron.

HMS Falcon had already ceased to be on 31 August 1965. RAF Hal-Far was instituted 1st Sept 1965.

The Kalafrana - Hal Far Story
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Last White Ensign at Hal Far313 views31 May 1967 on the disbandment of 728 Naval Air Squadron.

HMS Falcon had already ceased to be on 31 August 1965. RAF Hal-Far was instituted 1st Sept 1965.

The Kalafrana - Hal Far Story
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Sunderland in SPB497 views© IWM (MH 8043). Short Sunderland Mark I, 'DQ-M', of No. 228 Squadron RAF, on fire in St Paul's Bay, Malta after being shot up for a second time by Messerschmitt Bf 109s of 7/JG26., already damaged from the previous attack on 7 March 1941, ultimately sank after efforts to tow her ashore failed.

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Kalafrana 1920s474 viewsPrefect
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Land of Romance492 viewsAs drawn on a postcard depicting Strada Stretta before the war.
McEwans had a bottling plant in Malta.
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The Navy Returns - Part 2355 viewsArk Royal in St Paul's Bay, June 1988, where along with the rest of her group Edinburgh, Fort Grange & Olwen (Outback 88), she received a warm welcome having been illegally prevented from entering Grand Harbour by a certain political faction. Prefect
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The Navy Returns 1986388 viewsPrefect
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234 Signals Squadron Parade at Lintorn Barracks 647 views234 Signals Squadron, the last British Army Unit in Malta who moved to Mtarfa in July 1971 as Lintorn was handed over to the Government. (Photo is earlier).Prefect
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RAF Luqa562 viewsPrefect
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HMS Alderney388 viewsPrefect
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HMS Corbrae 1946375 views Purchased in 1940 as a Mine Destructor Vessel (MDV) . She was used as a stop-gap measure for combating magnetic mines, along with 9 other ships of the type (plus 2 non-engined), fitted with a 300-ton electro-magnet in her bow to set off any magnetic mines near to the ship. Structural damage became a frequent happening. In 1944 she was re-designated 'Repair Ship' and was sent for disposal in November 1946.Prefect
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