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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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RFA Maine (3)499 viewsPassing Tigne in the 1920s.3 commentsPrefect
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HMS Highburton 1956499 viewsPrefect
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Pieta Creek 1946-48498 views©Anita Sackett
An RFA Fort to the right. A MFA? centre.
The Old School in Villa Sunshine at Ta'Xbiex to the left.
RASC Launches foreground.
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HMS Narvik & charges498 views1960 - 62.1 commentsPrefect
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728 (FRU) Sqn FAA at Hal Far dispersal, 1966. ©498 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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HMS Tiger 1960 ©497 viewsPrefect
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Grand Harbour. 1920s ?497 viewsEarly colour postcard. About 1920s? Any guesses to year & vessels?deco.rise
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Vampires over Comino496 views601 Sqn 1952Prefect
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HMS Waterwitch496 views Les Hutton's Algerine Class Sweeper.Prefect
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The Dockyard 1954496 viewsPrefect
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Verdala Camp Christmas Menu 495 viewsHMS Euroclydon was the wartime name of Verdala School .
Les Hutton confirms that this menu was above the usual standard!
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An unloved Pinnace as Picket Boat495 viewsWartime convoy arrival.Prefect
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Sunderland in SPB494 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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CS St Margarets493 viewsAdmiralty Cable Ship
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HMS Devonshire493 views©Chris Howell CollectionPrefect
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St George's Bay ©493 viewsMilitary bathing facilities.Prefect
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HMS Turpin Departs492 viewsThe last station submarine left on 9 November 1964 to the strains of Auld Lang Syne.Prefect
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HMS Hermes 1962492 viewsPrefect
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Fairey Firefly491 viewsAt HMS Falcon (Hal Far) 1955Prefect
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Land of Romance491 viewsAs drawn on a postcard depicting Strada Stretta before the war.
McEwans had a bottling plant in Malta.
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HMS Hermes 1960490 viewsPrefect
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HMS Essington 1955490 viewsMartin PowellPrefect
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St Patrick's Barracks490 viewsCompleted 1939. Handed over to AFM 1971-2.Prefect
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Lt Cdr Jack Colbeck 490 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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Communicators 1954489 viewsMemoirs of a Wren RO.Prefect
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HMS Ark Royal 1960 ©488 viewsPrefect
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HMY Britannia488 viewsUp the creek for a touch up.Prefect
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HMS Warden488 viewsPrefect
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Close Up on Ferry 1954488 viewsAnd the neoclassical Police Station at the foot of Tower Road
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