Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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Hermes Squadrons at Hal Far 1966 ©1051 viewsBuccaneers of 809, and Sea Vixens of 892 Squadrons, disembarked from HMS Hermes, ashore at RNAS Hal Far dispersal.KalabratMay 05, 2013
728 (FRU) Sqn FAA at Hal Far dispersal, 1966. ©496 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.
KalabratMay 04, 2013
No 9 OMQ Kalafrana 1966 ©453 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.
KalabratMay 02, 2013
Officer's Quarters Kalafrana ©526 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 ©416 viewsEarly 1980s before their demolition.
KalabratMay 01, 2013
Lt Cdr Jack Colbeck 489 viewsAEO 728 Squadron.
KalabratApr 30, 2013
Last White Ensign at Hal Far 905 views31 May 1967 on the disbandment of 728 Naval Air Squadron.

The Kalafrana - Hal Far Story
KalabratApr 30, 2013
Last White Ensign at Hal Far310 views31 May 1967 on the disbandment of 728 Naval Air Squadron.

The Kalafrana - Hal Far Story
KalabratApr 30, 2013
Who is this? - Alastair Wreford1262 viewsKalafrana 1966-7.4 commentsKalabratNov 06, 2012
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