Index of R.A.F and Commonwealth Airmen  1915 - 1979

 

Swordfish

Pilot Officer A.G. McADAM, Hurricane pilot, August 1940. His tour of duty ended and on 8th April 1941 he left Malta for England

 

AC1 Thomas McCANN. On 19th September 1940, after a Wellington bomber was set ablaze on the ground at Luqa airfield, he went into the burning aircraft, in spite of exploding ammunition and the possibility of the fuel tanks exploding, to retrieve four Vickers machine guns and ammunition. For this act of bravery he was awarded the British Empire Medal

 

Leading Aircraftsman J. McCARTHEY, 1008310, serving at Kalafrana RAF Base, killed 8th May 1942

 

Louis Paul McCARTHY, aged 27 years, bachelor, Corporal, married 17th August 1968, to Annette Shearer MAIN, aged 23 years, spinster, the daughter of Robert Bugden Main, Chief-Technician, Royal Air Force, at St. Christopher’s Station Church, Luqa Aerodrome. The ceremony was performed by the Reverend Peter Owen Winfield Levingston, RAF Chaplain

 

M.J. McCLUSKEY, Sub-Lieutenant, RNVR, Fleet Air Arm, HMS St.Angelo, the Naval Shore Base, died 22nd May 1942

 

Sergeant Andrew McCOLL, W.Op/Air Gunner, 104 Squadron, crew member of a Vickers Wellington bomber. Six aircraft took off on a mission to bomb Catania, but only five arrived at the target. His aircraft was forced to return badly damaged and crashed near Qormi. He was killed in the crash, as well as three other crewmen, 29th May 1942

 

Pilot Officer Colin Campbell MacCOLL, 134513, Royal Air Force (V.R.). A Beaufighter navigator with 227 Squadron operating from Ta Kali. On 18th December 1942 he was sent out with other Beaufighters to escort a convoy into Malta, but encountered enemy aircraft who shot him down into the sea. He was killed as well as his pilot Sergeant F.J. Franklin. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Mrs McCONNELL, a Plotter with RAF Fighter Control No.8 Sector Operations Room based in Lascaris Bastion, Valletta in June 1942

 

Sergeant John David McCRACKEN, Hurricane pilot, arrived first week of June 1941. He was killed in an accident on take off 19th July 1941 with 126 Squadron

 

A.F. McDONALD, Sub-Lieutenant (A), RNVR, attached to HMS Grebe the Naval Air Station in Egypt, but operating from Malta. Died 12th February 1942

 

Flight Sergeant A.J.M MacDONALD, was in charge of the Fire Section at Luqa airfield during 1941. He was awarded the B.E.M. for his services

 

Flying Officer C.S.H. MacDONALD, pilot of Bristol Beaufighter that arrived from England via Gibraltar on 1st May 1941, with twelve others

 

Flight Lieutenant K.F. MacDONALD, pilot with 243 Squadron in July 1943 at Hal Far

 

Sergeant Leslie MacDONALD, a crewman on a Blenheim, of 82 Squadron, which crashed 19th/20th June 1941, killing all on board

 

Sergeant Charles White McDOUGALL, a Hurricane pilot, arrived the last week of January 1941, joined 261 Squadron. An ex-Battle of Britain pilot. Died 5th March 1941

 

Wing Commander R.I. MacDOUGALL, appointed Station Commander at Hal Far aerodrome, 26th September 1941

 

Sergeant Hugh McDOWALL, Hurricane pilot with 249 Squadron. Shot down by enemy aircraft and crashed into the sea, 8th February 1942. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Pilot Officer J.F. McELROY DFC, Royal Canadian Air Force, fighter pilot with 249 Squadron

 

Edward McEWAN, Royal Air Force, RAF Luqa, the son of John and Marguerite McEwan, nee MacLean, married 20th April 1960 to Rose Helen BETTS, of Middlesex, the daughter of John and Annie Betts, nee Nicholson

 

Leading Aircraftsman M. McEWAN, 932236, serving at Kalafrana RAF Base, killed 26th April 1942

 

Flight Sergeant B. McFADDEN, a Wellington pilot with 69 Squadron in January 1943

 

Pilot Officer Terry A. McGARRY, Navigator with 39 Beaufort Squadron in August 1942

 

Michael McGINNLEY, buried 13th February 1920, aged 24 years. Died from pneumonia. Lance Corporal, 55591, Royal Air Force. Married. Landed from ss. Tagus

 

Sergeant A.Noel C. MacGREGOR, Hurricane pilot, arrived first week of June 1941, with 126 Squadron. On 23rd December 1941, shortly after being commissioned as a Pilot Officer, he was piloting a Hurricane against incoming enemy aircraft, and was shot in the foot, causing a forced landing

 

Flying Officer P.R. McGREGOR, Hurricane pilot, arrived first week of June 1941

 

James Graham McHARDIE, Leading Aircraftsman, aged 20 years, from Inverness, died in an accident at RAF Luqa, in April 1956

 

Sergeant Hugh McILLANEY, Wireless Operator with 39 Beaufort Squadron in September 1942. Whilst attacking enemy shipping off the coast of Corfu on 6th September 1942 his aircraft was damaged by enemy fighters. He was wounded in the thigh by shrapnel, also injured was the Air Gunner Sergeant Tester. First Aid was given to them by the Navigator Sergeant Grant. The plane had been hit in the hydraulics, flaps, tail assembly and turret, but the pilot Flight Sergeant Watlington, managed to fly it back to Luqa and made a safe landing

 

Flying Officer McINTOSH, Master of high-speed launch HSL128 of RAF Search and Rescue Kalafrana, wounded September 1941 by enemy aircraft. Later invalided home to the UK

 

Pilot Officer McKAY, an Australian, serving in 69 Squadron at Luqa, Summer 1942

 

Pilot Officer Ian McKAY, Royal Canadian Air Force, Hurricane pilot, took off from an aircraft carrier for Malta and arrived 12th November 1941, with 605 Squadron

 

Corporal J.J. McKAY, 1923587, aged 21 years, from Perth, killed in an air crash on 18th February 1956. See ALLBERRY for details

 

Donald Murray McLENNAN, aged 21 years, bachelor, Officer, Royal Canadian Air Force, RAF Station Hal Far, the son of Donald Ewen McLennan, Canadian Army Officer, married 26th January 1945, to Doreen Mae DAVEY, aged 22 years, spinster, V.A.D. Nurse, Bighi Royal Naval Hospital, the daughter of Walter James Davey

 

Colin Patrick McNALLY, aged 20 years, bachelor, Corporal, Royal Australian Air Force, R.A.A.F. Ta Qali, the son of Reuben Peter McNally, married 21st August 1953, to Dorothy Rosemary BENTLEY, aged 24 years, spinster, Petty Officer, Women’s Royal Naval Service, the daughter of Charles Bentley

 

Sergeant A.S. MACKIE, Hurricane pilot, arrived first week of June 1941. A member of the Malta Night Fighter Unit when it was formed at Ta Kali in July 1941. In December 1941 the M.N.F.U. was re-named 1435 Squadron

 

Wing Commander Evan Dall MACKIE, DSO DFC+ Bar, Royal New Zealand Air Force, with RAF 243 Squadron at Hal Far in June 1943. He was discharged from the RNZAF on 15th January 1947 and returned to civilian life. He died on 28th April 1986, aged 68 years, in Tauranga Hospital, New Zealand

 

Pilot Officer Alexander MACKIE, Hurricane pilot, with 1435 Flight, on 27th January 1942 during the third air raid of the day around 17.30 he was shot down whilst engaged with three German Me-109’s, and died later in hospital

 

Flight Lieutenant James MacLACHLAN. On 17th November 1940 at dawn he took off from the deck of the aircraft carrier HMS Argus for Malta. His aircraft was in the first wave consisting of six Hurricanes, of which two failed to arrive. From the second wave of six aircraft, none ever arrived at Malta, so it was presumed that they ran out of fuel and fell into the sea.

He was a Hurricane pilot, with 261 Squadron. On 16th February 1941 his plane was shot down and crashed near the Addolorata cemetery, Paola, He landed by parachute close to Zejtun, but had a badly injured arm which was later amputated in Imtarfa hospital. On being discharged from hospital in March he was posted to Middle East HQ in Cairo. He died flying a Mustang aircraft in France during July 1943

 

Warrant Officer I.N. McLAREN, pilot with 243 Squadron in July 1943 at Hal Far

 

D.J. McLEOD, AF, Fleet Air Arm, died 10th January 1941, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Illustrious. Whilst on convoy protection duty the ship came under attack from German Ju-87 and Ju-88 aircraft, and was hit six times in a ten minute period. Extensively damaged and still on fire the crippled ship managed to get into Grand Harbour and dock at the Parlatorio Wharf. More than 210 members of the crew were killed or wounded

 

Donald W. McLEOD, from the U.S.A., Spitfire pilot with 126 Squadron in March 1942. On 2nd April 1942 he was engaging enemy 109’s when he was shot down in the sea off Calafrana, and was rescued by RAF launch. He died in Connecticut in October 1946

 

H. McLEOD, Leading Airman, Fleet Air Arm, died 25th July 1941, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Ark Royal

 

Flight Lieutenant H.W. McLEOD DFC, from Canada, Spitfire pilot served with 603 and 1435 Squadrons

 

Sergeant Matthew Leonard McLEOD, 411916, R.N.Z.A.F., Spitfire pilot, 185 Squadron, from New Zealand. Reported missing, 2nd August 1942. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Group Captain Robert Wendell McNAIR DSO DFC+2 Bars, Royal Canadian Air Force. Flight Commander with 249 Squadron in May 1942 at Ta Kali. Long after WWII he was appointed Canadian Air Attaché in London

 

Pilot Officer T.B. MacNAMARA, Hurricane pilot, took off from an aircraft carrier for Malta and arrived 12th November 1941, with 242 Squadron

 

Leading Aircraftsman N.J. McNICOL, 573027, serving at Kalafrana RAF Base, killed 30th December 1941

 

Squadron Officer S.R. MACPHERSON, returned to England in March 1954, after serving two years in Malta. She was replaced by Flight Officer E.M. Baker

 

Sergeant Robert MacPHERSON, 900860, 260 Squadron, died 14th June 1941. He flew the plane from the aircraft carrier, but ran out of fuel before arriving at Luqa, causing the crash

 

Gerard James McQUAIDE, 552166, Corporal, R.A.F., from Manchester. One evening in October 1942 during an enemy air attack, an aircraft on the ground caught fire. Corporal McQuaide and LAC Halstead rushed to the scene knowing the aircraft was loaded with bombs. They attempted to release the bombs whilst the aircraft was still burning, but were unable to do so. They obtained a fire extinguisher and continued in their efforts to put out the fire until ordered to stop. The bombs exploded a few minutes later. During the whole of this time enemy aircraft were dropping bombs in their vicinity. Apart from this night, both men at all times carried out their duties with efficiency and courage. They were awarded the British Empire Medal in May 1943

 

Flight Lieutenant Norman Carter MacQUEEN DFC, 86689, Royal Air Force (VR), from Rhyl, in North Wales. Spitfire pilot with 249 Squadron at Ta Kali. He was preparing to attack some ME 109’s when his aircraft was hit by tracer fire from another ME 109. The Spitfire nose-dived into the ground and he was killed, the 4th May 1942. He was buried in Kalkara cemetery

 

Sergeant C.A. MacVEAN, Hurricane pilot with 249 Squadron, arrived on Malta 21st May 1941

 

Lieutenant A.S.D. MACAULAY, a Swordfish pilot with the Fleet Air Arm, in the first wave of attackers on the Italian Fleet anchored in Taranto Harbour 11th November 1940

 

Aircraftsman Francis MACKEN, aged 21 years, bachelor, RAF station Hal Far, the son of William Macken, Major, retired, married 20th December 1930 to Kathleen Mary COLYER, aged 19 years, spinster, of Rainham, Essex, the daughter of Henry Charles Colyer

 

Peter John MACKEN, born 12th March 1931, the son of Kathleen Mary and Aircraftsman Francis Macken, RAF base Hal Far

 

Giuseppe MAGRI, F54295, born 16th October 1886. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 25th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

A.R. MAHER DSC, Sub-Lieutenant (A), attached to HMS Grebe the Naval Air Station in Egypt, but operating from Malta. With Lieutenant U.N.S. Davis DSC, ferrying an Albacore from North Africa to Malta, on 24th January 1942, presumed crashed into the sea, never found

 

Sergeant Basil William MAIN, from Canada, Hurricane pilot, arrived first week of June 1941. Died 4th February 1942. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial at Floriana

 

Carmelo MALLIA, F54379, born November 1884, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 21st March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Albert Arthur MALSTER, aged 23 years, bachelor, Sergeant Pilot, Royal Air Force, R.A.F. station Kalafrana, the son of Arthur Malster, married 29th October 1938, to Nellie Mary DEATH, aged 19 years, spinster, Shop Assistant, of The Cottage, Vinery Road, Cambridge, the daughter of Harry Edward Death

 

Sergeant John Francis Edgar MALTBY, arrived July 1941 and joined 126 Squadron. Died 26th August 1941, engaged in combat with Italian fighters, aged 19 years. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Lieutenant MANNING, Fulmar Observer with 800X Squadron. Whilst attacking targets on Sicily his aircraft was hit and crash landed in the sea off Syracuse. He was rescued by the Italians and taken prisoner, with his pilot P.O. (A) Arthur Jopling, 7th October 1941

 

Petty Officer MARCHANT, passenger in a Sopwith 808 on 14th February 1915. Whilst taxiing to take off in Grand Harbour the left float of the aircraft struck the top of a wave which tore it off and at the same time turned the plane over into the water. Though initially entangled under the machine, he was rescued by his pilot Lieutenant Garnett

 

J.H.A. MARCOTTE, RJ77063, Sergeant, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, serving with No. 37 Squadron R.A.F., injured on 8th March 1942. In the dark his Wellington bomber D.V. 483 was just taking off from the runway at Luqa RAF Station when it collided with Wellington bomber Z.9038 which was taxiing down the same runway in the opposite direction. Both aircraft burst into flames and rescue attempts were hampered by exploding bombs and mines which had been fitted to both aircraft. He was taken from the scene to No. 90 General Hospital, at Imtarfa

 

A.F.X. MARDEL-FERREIRA, Sub-Lieutenant (A), Fleet Air Arm, Swordfish Observer, on HMS Illustrious and in the first wave of attackers on the Italian Fleet anchored in Taranto Harbour 11th November 1940. Died 10th January 1941, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Illustrious. Whilst on convoy protection duty the ship came under attack from German Ju-87 and Ju-88 aircraft, and was hit six times in a ten minute period. Extensively damaged and still on fire the crippled ship managed to get into Grand Harbour and dock at the Parlatorio Wharf. More than 210 members of the crew were killed or wounded

 

Rowland Francis George MARGETSON, aged 28 years, bachelor, Coxswain, Royal Air Force, R.A.F. station Kalafrana, the son of Rowland Meek Percy Margetson, married 16th February 1939, to Gwendoline Gertrude TURNER, aged 23 years, spinster, Shop Assistant, 65 High Street, Walton-on-Naze, the daughter of Vincent Herbert Turner

 

Wing Commander R.L.G. MARIS DSO, took over command of Hal Far Royal Air Force station on 16th April 1934. Promoted to Group Captain. Relinquished command on 29th April 1936

 

T.R.I. MARSH, AM1, Fleet Air Arm, died 10th January 1941, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Illustrious. Whilst on convoy protection duty the ship came under attack from German Ju-87 and Ju-88 aircraft, and was hit six times in a ten minute period. Extensively damaged and still on fire the crippled ship managed to get into Grand Harbour and dock at the Parlatorio Wharf. More than 210 members of the crew were killed or wounded

 

Sergeant Victor R. MARSH, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, with 105 Blenheim Squadron, arrived at Luqa airfield July 1941.  In late afternoon on 1st August 1941 his  Blenheim was on a mission to attack enemy shipping off Lampedusa. They scored direct hits on the ships, but his aircraft was badly damaged by flak, and crashed into the sea. He was picked up along with the pilot Flight Lieutenant Broadley, by an Italian rescue launch some time later and they became Prisoners-of-War. The Observer, Pilot Officer A.S. Ramsay died of his wounds

 

J. MARSHALL, Sub-Lieutenant (A), RNVR, Fleet Air Arm, died 10th January 1941, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Illustrious. Whilst on convoy protection duty the ship came under attack from German Ju-87 and Ju-88 aircraft, and was hit six times in a ten minute period. Extensively damaged and still on fire the crippled ship managed to get into Grand Harbour and dock at the Parlatorio Wharf. More than 210 members of the crew were killed or wounded

 

Pilot Officer J.V. MARSHALL, flew a Hurricane off HMS Ark Royal, 3rd April 1941 to increase the number of aircraft on Malta. Retired from the Royal Air Force in 1970

 

Squadron Leader Richard Sampson Orlebar MARSHALL DFC, 402244, Royal Australian Air Force, of Moree, New South Wales, Australia. A Beaufort pilot with 39 Squadron. He took off on 3rd March 1943 to lead a daylight strike on enemy shipping, but shortly after take off whilst flying at low level the aircraft hit the water sank, killing him as well as the Navigator and Wireless Operator. Sergeant L.A.Evans, the Gunner, survived the crash and was rescued by a high-speed launch. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial at Floriana

 

Squadron Leader Alan C. MARTIN, Gloster Gladiator pilot at Hal Far in March 1940. In command of Fighter Flight from April till August 1940

 

Sergeant Eric MARTIN, 2nd pilot, 104 Squadron, crew member of a Vickers Wellington bomber. Six aircraft took off on a mission to bomb Catania, but only five arrived at the target. His aircraft was forced to return badly damaged and crashed near Qormi. He was rescued together with Sergeant Raymond Hills, by men from the Royal Malta Artillery, but died 8 days later from his injuries. The other four crewmen were killed in the crash, 29th May 1942

 

R.M.S. MARTIN, Sub-Lieutenant, RNVR, Fleet Air Arm, died 27th November 1940, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Ark Royal

 

Flying Officer William MARTIN, a Wellington pilot in 1942 at Luqa airfield with 221 Squadron

 

A.R. MARYLAND, Leading Airman, Fleet Air Arm, died 11th August 1942, on board the Aircraft Carrier, HMS Eagle. Whilst providing part of the escort for the ‘Pedestal’ Convoy, they came under attack by enemy aircraft, E-boats and submarines. About 1 p.m. his ship was hit on the port side by four torpedoes fired by the German U-boat U-73.  The sea was calm, but as the ship keeled over, the Swordfish aircraft on the flight deck slid into the water, and the ship disappeared in a matter of about eight minutes. Some of the crew were rescued by other ships in the Fleet, but over 150 men lost their lives

 

Sergeant John MASLIN, Vickers Wellington 2nd pilot, engaged in two sorties against Comiso aerodrome. During the second attack his plane was damaged by flak, but arrived back over Malta and crashed near Luqa, 13th August 1942. One crewman died in the crash, he sustained injuries, as did the other three crewmen

 

Flying Officer E.M. MASON DFC, a Hurricane pilot, arrived 17th March 1941. Flight commander 261 Squadron, at Ta Kali. Shot down 13th April 1941, he managed to level out just above the sea, but the engine cut out. When rescued by HSL 127, he was found to have bullet wounds in his right wrist and palm, and left elbow. Metal splinters were in his left leg and skull, and his face was injured by hitting the windscreen frame when the aircraft ditched. He as taken by ambulance to Imtarfa hospital

 

Percy Henry MASON, aged 24 years, bachelor, Sergeant, Royal Air Force, RAF station Kalafrana, the son of Robert Henry Mason, married 2nd February 1941, to Pauline TAYLOR, aged 18 years, spinster, Cypher Clerk, the daughter of Charles Henry Taylor

 

Wing Commander Cedric A. MASTERMAN OBE, a Spitfire pilot, arrived in Malta in April 1942 and was appointed as air adviser to Lord Gort, the Governor of Malta. He took over command of 227 Squadron on 12th October 1942, at Ta Kali, and converted to Beaufighters.

 

Flight Sergeant Christopher MATHER, 1016805, Royal Air Force (V.R.), a Navigator with 39 Squadron. Whilst engaged on night time mine laying in a Beaufort aircraft on 6th January 1943, they were shot down. He was killed but the other three crew members became Prisoners-of-War. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial at Floriana

 

Sergeant MATT, a Maryland pilot with 69 Squadron in August 1941

 

Flying Officer Robert Henry MATTHEWS, 61248, a Hurricane pilot with 249 Squadron, arrived on Malta 21st May 1941. On 22nd December 1941, he was being pursued by a German ME 109 at low level and was killed when he flew into the sea wall at Valletta

 

Flight Commander J.D. MAUDE, appointed Station Commander at Kalafrana Seaplane base when it was opened at the end of July 1916

 

Lieutenant M.R. MAUND DSC, Fleet Air Arm, Swordfish pilot on HMS Illustrious and in the first wave of attackers on the Italian Fleet anchored in Taranto Harbour 11th November 1940. Later at HMS St.Angelo, the Naval Shore Base, died 11th January 1943

 

Cyril MAURICE, 1132275, Sergeant, Royal Air Force, 23 Squadron. He was posted to Luqa in April 1942, and was a Navigator. On his 9th mission he was killed over southern Sicily on 26th April 1943. His pilot Sergeant Eric D.G. White also lost his life 

 

Leading Aircraftsman Oliver MAXIM, Marine Craft Section, Kalafrana, in January 1942

 

Sergeant John MAYALL, from Australia, Hurricane pilot with 126 Squadron, was attacked by German Me-109’s on 10th March 1942, and was killed

 

Air Commodore F.H.M. MAYNARD, from New Zealand, took over as Air Officer Commanding, Royal Air Force Malta, in January 1940 until 30th May 1941

 

Pilot Officer Nigel MAYNARD, with 228 Squadron, left 25th March 1941 for Alexandria

 

Reverend Roy Sidney MEADOWS, Chaplain, Royal Air Force, served in Malta 1947 to 1950

 

Reginald Ernest MEAKIN, aged 25 years, bachelor, Leading Aircraftsman, Royal Air Force, RAF station Kalafrana, the son of George Ernest Meakin, married 7th September 1937, to Margaret EBORN, aged 27 years, spinster, from Victoria Avenue, Margate, Kent, the daughter of John Eborn

 

G.F. MEASURES, Lieutenant (A), RNVR, Fleet Air Arm, died 12th August 1942, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Indomitable. His ship was part of the escort for Operation ‘Pedestal’ from Gibraltar. In the late afternoon twelve German Ju-87 aircraft attacked the carrier and she suffered serious damage from the bombs. One hit the forward AA gun positions killing more than twenty of the Royal Marines detachment. Another landed near the forward lift and penetrated the upper gallery deck and exploded above the main hangar deck. The wardroom was crowded with off-duty pilots and observers when it was wrecked by a bomb killing all the occupants. The ship survived the onslaught and headed for Gibraltar

 

Joseph MECIECA, F54271, born May 1898. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 5th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Sergeant Anthony G. MEE, Wireless Op/Air Gunner, a replacement sent from 88 Squadron to 105 Blenheim Squadron in August 1941. On the afternoon of 12th September 1941 he was attacking shipping off the North Africa coast when his aircraft was damaged by gunfire from the enemy destroyer escorts. The starboard engine was hit and put out of action, and a fire was raging in the bomb-bay. In spite of efforts by the crew to extinguish the fire the plane crashed into the sea. The Observer was Sergeant Miller and the Pilot Sergeant Brandwood. After going beneath the waves the plane came up to the surface again, and Sergeant Mee managed to release the rubber dinghy. The three men climbed in although Mee was suffering from an injured back. The other Blenheims on the mission flew over the dinghy and indicated that they had been seen and reported the downed crew on their arrival back at Luqa airfield. During the night the three men heard and saw flashes of other attacks on enemy shipping. At 08.00 the next morning they saw a submarine that approached them. It turned out to be HMS Utmost, from the 10th Flotilla based at Manoel Island. About twelve hours later the submarine was back at base with the rescued RAF men, having sailed about 117 miles on the surface and 35 miles submerged. Air reconnaissance planes had been sent out to locate the men, without success, since the RAF were unaware that the submarine has carried out the rescue

 

Sergeant Jacques MEHOUAS, Free French, W.Op/Observer of a Maryland aircraft, missing on 11th January 1941. With the fall of France, on 7th July 1940, his Aeronavale Escadrille 2HT floatplane was brought to Malta by the pilot Duvauchelle, and joined 230 Squadron at Kalafrana 

 

Sergeant G.T. MELVILLE, pilot with 243 Squadron in July 1943 at Hal Far

 

Squadron Leader MENZIES, Sunderland flying boat pilot, on 1st November 1940 left Kalafrana to search for the crew of a missing Wellington, but was attacked by Italian fighters and shot down. He died together with the other crew members

 

Group Captain Walter R. MERTON took over Luqa Royal Air Force base as Station Commander, 28th January 1943 until 29th October 1943. Later in his career he became Air Chief Marshal

 

Arthur Douglas MESSENGER, aged 28 years, bachelor, Squadron Leader, Royal Air Force, 13 Caledonia Mansions, Sliema, the son of Arthur Douglas Messenger, married 15th November 1939, to Diana Beryl SPOONER, aged 20 years, spinster, Woodlands, Ruislip, Middlesex, the daughter of John Charles Garth Spooner

 

Giuseppe MICALLEF, F54316, born January 1891, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 22nd March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Vincenzo MICALLEF, F54326, born January 1871, shipwright. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 22nd March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Antonio MIFSUD, F54406, born January 1883, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 27th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Miss MIFSUD, a Plotter with RAF Fighter Control No.8 Sector Operations Room based in Lascaris Bastion, Valletta in June 1942

 

Popillio MIFSUD, F54322, born September 1886, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 22nd March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Pilot Officer Harry D’Arcy MILBURN, Spitfire pilot with 249 Squadron, crashed 9th May 1942

 

Major Arthur David Curtis MILLAR, Indian Army, died in an aircrash 17th December 1942. See Major Lord A.A.B. APSLEY for details.

 

Leading Aircraftsman D. MILLAR, 4129461, aged 22 years, from Dundee, killed in an air crash on 18th February 1956. See ALLBERRY for details

 

Sergeant MILLER, Observer, a replacement sent from 88 Squadron to 105 Blenheim Squadron in August 1941. On the afternoon of 12th September 1941 he was attacking shipping off the North Africa coast when his aircraft was damaged by gunfire from the enemy destroyer escorts. The starboard engine was hit and put out of action, and a fire was raging in the bomb-bay. In spite of efforts by the crew to extinguish the fire the plane crashed into the sea. The Pilot was Sergeant Brandwood and Wireless Op./Air Gunner Sergeant Anthony Mee. After going beneath the waves the plane came up to the surface again, and Sergeant Mee managed to release the rubber dinghy. The three men climbed in although Mee was suffering from an injured back. The other Blenheims on the mission flew over the dinghy and indicated that they had been seen and reported the downed crew on their arrival back at Luqa airfield. During the night the three men heard and saw flashes of other attacks on enemy shipping. At 08.00 the next morning they saw a submarine that approached them. It turned out to be HMS Utmost, from the 10th Flotilla based at Manoel Island. About twelve hours later the submarine was back at base with the rescued RAF men, having sailed about 117 miles on the surface and 35 miles submerged. Air reconnaissance planes had been sent out to locate the men, without success, since the RAF were unaware that the submarine has carried out the rescue

 

Flying Officer C.M. MILLER, Wellington pilot of 148 Squadron. On 12th January 1941 took part in a night raid to bomb airfields in the Catania area. After a successful first run, returned to Luqa, then had his aircraft re-armed and carried out a second run. He was subsequently awarded the DFC

 

Flight Sergeant Ivor Reginald MILLER, a Navigator with 227 Squadron. On 14th October 1942 whilst attacking the German merchant ship Trapani off the North African coast their aircraft flew too low and hit the ship’s mast causing the plane to crash into the sea. He was killed together with his pilot Flying Officer Underwood. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Group Captain MILLER, in charge of Valletta Operations Room in May 1943

 

William MILLICAN, aged 26 years, bachelor, Royal Air Force, the son of William Haliday Millican, married 7th May 1949, to Anne BRAYTON, aged 21 years, spinster, the daughter of James Brayton

 

Flying Officer Geoffrey Anthony MILLS, aged 23 years, bachelor, RAF, HMS Glorious, the son of Charles Mills, married 11th November 1936 to Kathleen Gibson CARMICHAEL, aged 21 years, spinster, of Ramleh, Alexandria, Egypt, the daughter of William Gibson Carmichael

 

Pilot Officer J.P. MILLS, Hurricane pilot with 249 Squadron, arrived on Malta 21st May 1941. A member of the Malta Night Fighter Unit when it was formed at Ta Kali in July 1941. In December 1941 the M.N.F.U. was re-named 1435 Squadron

 

Flight Sergeant A. MILNE, Wellington pilot of 69 Squadron in January 1943

 

Squadron Leader Colin G. MILSON, from Australia, a Beaufort pilot of 39 Squadron in November 1942

 

Felice MINTOFF, F54359, born 25th December 1880, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 23rd March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Eric William Charles MITCHELL, aged 25 years, bachelor, Engine Fitter, Royal Air Force, RAF station Luqa, the son of William Charles Mitchell, married 14th April 1941, to Margaret Emma FLETCHER, aged 19 years, spinster, the daughter of Herbert Fletcher, Clerk in Holy Orders

 

Pilot Officer Herbert Robert MITCHELL, 391843, Royal New Zealand Air, Spitfire pilot with 603 Squadron. Whilst being pursued by German ME 109’s on 12th May 1942 he kept diving, and crashed into the sea.  Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial at Floriana

 

Richard A. MITCHELL, from Australia, in command of 249 Squadron in July and August 1942

 

Edward Morris MITCHISON, 1526634, Leading Aircraftman. One day in April 1942 an aircraft, which had been damaged by enemy fighters, crashed and burst into flames whilst attempting to land. The Malta aerodrome was under attack at the time by a considerable force of enemy fighters and bombers. Leading Aircraftman Mitchison and Corporal Clawson drove across the aerodrome to the scene of the crash, in spite of the danger from sticks of bombs which were falling across their path. Also, enemy fighters continued to attack the burning aircraft with cannon fire. The two men were able to assist the pilot to safety, thereby saving his life. For their courage they were awarded the George Medal in June 1942

 

Salvatore MIZZI, F54361, born March 1885, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 22nd March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Salvatore MIZZI, F54321, born April 1878, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 22nd March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Pilot Officer J.R. MODERA, from Kenya, with 227 Beaufighter Squadron in December 1942

 

Pilot Officer John David MOFFATT, 227 Squadron, a Beaufighter pilot in his first operational flight. Whilst attacking enemy shipping crashed into the sea on 17th September 1942. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Reginald Graham MOFFATT, aged 25 years, bachelor, Coxswain Motorboat Crew, Royal Air Force, of 72 Strada Mercato, Floriana, the son of Charles Reginald Moffatt, married  21st January 1938, to Winifred Gladys CLUCAS, aged 20 years, spinster, Shop Assistant, the daughter of Sergeant-Major John James Clucas

 

Pilot Officer Ernest MOODY, Overseas Aircraft Delivery Unit, pilot of a Bristol Beaufort, shortly after take off to deliver the aircraft to the Middle East, it developed engine trouble and so it was decided to return to Malta. Unable to maintain height when the port engine failed, successfully ditched into the sea, 21st August 1942. The crew managed to get into the dinghy and were rescued by HSL 128 shortly after

 

Pilot Officer MOODY, pilot with 249 Squadron in October 1942

 

Corporal Guy Carlton MOORE, aged 28 years, bachelor, RAF station Hal Far, the son of Robert Carlton Moore, married 30th June 1932 to Henrietta Macleod CRAMB, aged 30 years, spinster, the daughter of Henry Cramb

 

Flight Lieutenant F.V. MORELLO, Hurricane pilot with 249 Squadron, arrived on Malta 21st May 1941. Left Malta end of September 1941 for Egypt

 

Sergeant D.J. MOREN, W.Op/Air Gunner, arrived in Malta 6th September 1940 to form 431 Flight, crew member for Maryland reconnaissance aircraft

 

Sergeant Howard MOREN, Hurricane pilot with 249 Squadron. Died on 20th December 1941 whilst attacking enemy bombers, it is believed his aircraft crashed into a German Ju-88. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Lieutenant W.D. MORFORD, a Swordfish pilot with the Fleet Air Arm. Took off from HMS Illustrious, in the second wave to attack the Italian Fleet anchored in Taranto Harbour 11th November 1940, but a fault developed with his aircraft and he had to return. As they were not expected they were fired upon on the first approach and had to re-signal before landing safely on the deck

 

John Donn MORGAN, died 5th April 1946, aged 20 years. A member of the aircrew on board a Vickers Wellington Naval aircraft which crashed on St. Publius Street, Rabat, about 11 a.m. on 5th April 1946. On the ground sixteen civilians were killed plus five crew members lost their lives

 

Aircraftsman A. MORIARTY, 577254, serving at Kalafrana RAF Base, killed 23rd April 1942

 

Edwin John MORLEY, Royal Air Force, RAF Ta Qali, the son of John and Madge Ellen Morley, nee Wates, married 5th June 1960 to Jeanne D’Arc BORG, of Valletta, the daughter of Carmel and Annunziata Borg, nee Tonna

 

Alex Michael MORRIS, aged 21 years, bachelor, Airman, Royal Australian Air Force, HMS Falcon Hal Far, the son of Horace Bowen Morris, married 28th March 1953, to Valerie May NORRIS, aged 18 years, spinster, the daughter of Edgar John Norris

 

Leading Aircraftsman Norman Leonard MORRIS, Royal Air Force, died on board HMS Illustrious, 10th January 1941. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Sergeant Reginald John MORRIS, Blenheim pilot with 18 Squadron. Whilst taking part in a mission to attack an enemy convoy in the Gulf of Sirte, his aircraft was shot down by fire from escort destroyers, 5th November 1941. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Flying Officer Samuel MORRISON, 104 Squadron, 2nd pilot of Vickers Wellington. Six Wellingtons took off to bomb airfields in Sardinia. His was the last and failed to gain height, since the undercarriage was still down it struck a wall, causing the plane to crash, and all the crew were killed. 7th November 1942

 

Pilot Officer C.R. MORRISON-JONES, Hurricane pilot, took off from an aircraft carrier for Malta and arrived 12th November 1941, with 242 Squadron. On 25th January 1942 with 126 Squadron, about 22 Hurricanes had taken off to escort two merchant ships, when they were attacked by German fighter planes and a major dog fight ensued. His aircraft was badly shot up but he managed a belly landing at Ta Kali

 

Pilot Officer P.A. MORTIMER, a Hurricane pilot, joined 261 Squadron first week of March 1941. On 11th April 1941 whilst engaging German Messerschmitts his aircraft was badly damaged and he was forced to crash land and received some injuries

 

Sergeant Q.E. MORTIMER, 1002556, a Blenheim pilot with 105 Squadron in August 1941. On 12th September 1941, he was attacking shipping off the North African coast but the enemy destroyer escorts shot down their aircraft into the sea. His Observer was Sergeant Reid and Wireless Op./Air Gunner Sergeant Owen

 

Squadron Leader E.B.B. MORTIMER-ROSE DFC, Hurricane pilot. Ex-Battle of Britain pilot. Arrived first week December 1941 from H.Q. Middle East to take over command of 249 Squadron at Ta Kali

 

Harry Charles MOSS, aged 35 years, bachelor, Fitter Armourer, Royal Air Force, RAF Hal Far, the son of Charles Moss, married  30th November 1932, to Barbara Irby KINGESLEY-JOHNSON, aged 30 years, spinster, Poultry Farmer, of Horsell, Surrey, the daughter of Richard George Kingesley-Johnson

 

Squadron Leader Peter William Olber MOULD DFC and Bar, 33414, flew a Hurricane off HMS Ark Royal 3rd April 1941 to increase the number of planes on Malta. On 12th May 1941 185 Squadron was established at Hal Far and he was made the Commanding Officer. He was piloting a Hurricane on 1st October 1941, when he was shot down by Italian fighters, and was killed. He was 24 years old and the C.O. of 185 Squadron. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial at Floriana

 

Gordon Edward MOULTON-BARRETT, born 6th May 1922, the son of Edith and Flying Officer Edward Selwyn Moulton Barrett, Royal Air Force

 

H.R. MOWBRAY, AM1, Fleet Air Arm, died 10th January 1941, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Illustrious. Whilst on convoy protection duty the ship came under attack from German Ju-87 and Ju-88 aircraft, and was hit six times in a ten minute period. Extensively damaged and still on fire the crippled ship managed to get into Grand Harbour and dock at the Parlatorio Wharf. More than 210 members of the crew were killed or wounded

 

Patricia Gladys MOXON, born 25th December 1929, the daughter of Dorothy and Leading Aircraftsman Frank Moxon, RAF base Calafrana

 

D.M. MULLER, Sub-Lieutenant (A), RNVR, Fleet Air Arm, died 18th October 1941, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Ark Royal

 

Flying Officer Stanley R. MULLER-ROWLAND, a Beaufort pilot with 39 Squadron in February 1943

 

Aircraftsman William Edward MULLETT, aged 26 years, bachelor, Physical Training Instructor, RAF base Calafrana, the son of William Samuel Mullett, married 11th February 1929 to Charlotte Maud KERR, aged 22 years, spinster, of Black View, Field Way, Ruislip, Middlesex, the daughter of William John Kerr

 

John William MULLETT, born 17th January 1930, the son of Charlotte Maude and Aircraftsman William Edward Mullett, RAF base Calafrana

 

Sergeant George Frank Robert MULLOY, Hurricane pilot, took off from an aircraft carrier for Malta and arrived 12th November 1941, with 242 Squadron. Died 18th March 1942. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Lieutenant James Alexander MUNN Croix de Guerre, Libya Medal, Mentioned in Despatches, from Hensall, Ontario, Canada. He served as a pilot with both the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps during WWI at Calafrana. During WWII he was with the Royal Canadian Air Force holding the rank of Squadron Leader. A Dentist by profession, he died in 1971, and is interred in the Hensall Union cemetery

 

Pilot Officer Rioch Hamish McKenzie MUNRO, from Rhodesia, a Hurricane pilot with 249 Squadron, arrived on Malta 21st May 1941. Whilst engaging Italian fighters on 11th June 1941 he was shot down into the sea and killed. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Pilot-Officer MUNRO, acting Commanding Officer, 69th Squadron, Luqa Airfield, Summer 1942

 

Flying Officer L.C. MURCH, a Hurricane pilot, joined 185 Squadron in July 1941

 

Lieutenant J.B. MURRAY, a Swordfish pilot with the Fleet Air Arm, was the last plane in the first wave of attackers on the Italian Fleet anchored in Taranto Harbour 11th November 1940

 

Pilot Officer Gordon MURRAY, J/7232, Royal Canadian Air Force, but from the U.S.A. He was a pilot with 603 Squadron. Attacking German Ju-88 bombers, he was thought to have been shot down by accompanying ME 109’s and died 22nd April 1942. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Pilot Officer Kenric MURRAY, Spitfire pilot with 249 Squadron, died 10th March 1942, when his aircraft was hit, and although he managed to bale out his parachute failed to open causing his death

 

Francesco MUSCAT, F54300, born October 1887. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 21st March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Nicola MUSCAT, F54327, born October 1883, painter. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 22nd March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Paulo MUSCAT, F54375, born January 1877, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 25th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Salvatore MUSCAT, F54376, born June 1882, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 25th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

George Bertram MUSSON, 27204, Flying Officer, Royal Air Force (O), seconded to British Overseas Aircraft Corporation, died 14th September 1942, aged 35 years. The son of Alfred W. and Alice M.Musson, and husband of Helen J.Musson, of Umtali, Southern Rhodesia. Captain of the flying-boat Clare at the time of his death. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Giuseppe MUSU, F54323, born January 1882, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 22nd March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Mariana MUSU, F54290, born March 1888. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 8th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Charles E. MUTCH, Warrant Officer, Spitfire Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, from Clinton, Ontario, Canada. Served in Malta from May to October 1942. He was with other tour expired pilots in a Liberator aircraft en route from Malta to Gibraltar that crashed into the sea off the Gibraltar runway in October. He died and was buried at sea 

 

Sergeant Richard Saxby MUTIMER DFM, 581062, Royal Air Force, an Observer with 69 Squadron on reconnaissance in a Maryland on 10th August 1941 over Catania, but during the return flight to Malta the starboard engine failed, they arrived at Luqa but the aircraft crashed short of the runway. He was killed instantly as was the pilot, Flight Lieutenant Wylde. Sergeant Campbell Clark, was taken to hospital severely injured, where he died the next day.

 

Miss MUTTER, a Plotter with RAF Fighter Control No.8 Sector Operations Room based in Lascaris Bastion, Valletta in June 1942

 

Swordfish

Pilot Officer Peter Alfred NASH DFC, 113759, Spitfire pilot with 249 Squadron in the Summer of 1942 at Ta Kali. On 17th May 1942 in the early morning there was an E-Boat attack carried out by the Italians which was unsuccessful, but nevertheless there was heightened alert all day. In an aerial combat he was shot down and killed

 

Miss NASH, a Plotter with RAF Fighter Control No.8 Sector Operations Room based in Lascaris Bastion, Valletta in June 1942

 

Sub-Lieutenant A.L.O NEALE, Fleet Air Arm, Swordfish Observer, on HMS Illustrious and in the first wave of attackers on the Italian Fleet anchored in Taranto Harbour 11th November 1940

 

Sergeant Donald T. NEALE, Hurricane pilot, took off from an aircraft carrier for Malta and arrived 12th November 1941, with 242 Squadron. Died 22nd January 1942 when his plane was hit by Anti-Aircraft fire. Around mid-day together with other hurricanes he was attacking 3 German Ju-88 aircraft. He was flying even though he had an injured leg from being shot up and crash landing about four weeks earlier

 

Hugh NEALE, aged 26 years, bachelor, Leading Aircraftsman, Royal Air Force, R.A.F. station Kalafrana, the son of Richard Neale, married  23rd January 1939, to Rosemary Florence TURNER, aged 21 years, spinster, Companion, 2 St.Pauls Road, Cambridge, the daughter of Edward Arthur Turner

 

Flight Lieutenant T.F. NEIL DFC + Bar, Hurricane pilot with 249 Squadron, arrived on Malta 21st May 1941. Left Malta for England 26th December 1941

 

Hugh Granville NETTLETON, aged 21 years, bachelor, Corporal, Royal Air Force, RAF HQ, the son of Wilfred Nettleton, married 12th August 1942, to Jean Pamela Hadcroft LONGYEAR, aged 21 years, spinster, the daughter of Victor Longyear, Regimental Sergeant Major

 

John Frederick NEWTON, aged 21 years, bachelor, Motor Transport Fitter, Royal Australian Air Force, HMS Falcon Hal Far, the son of William David Newton, married 27th March 1953, to Beryl DOBIE, aged 20 years, spinster, the daughter of William Clemence Dobie

 

Flying Officer NICHOLLS, skipper of high speed launch HSL129 of RAF Search and Rescue, Kalafrana, wounded on 26th April 1942 when attacked by a German ME 109 fighter. Four crew members were killed

 

Flight Lieutenant A.V. NICHOLLS, 44747, serving at Kalafrana RAF Base, killed 4th February 1942. They left Kalafrana in Rescue Launch HSL129 late afternoon 4th February 1942 and were attacked by enemy aircraft off Benghisa Point. The Skipper, F/Lt. Nicholls was hit in the stomach and collapsed in the wheelhouse. Aircraftsman 1st Class Gerry R. King, was in the forward gun turret and was killed by a wound to his head. First Coxswain Corporal Theo Nielsen, was killed at the helm. Corporal Cooper, the 2nd Coxswain had his left hand shattered by a cannon shell but managed to take the wheel. Leading Aircraftsman Tom Griffiths, in the rear gun turret was severely wounded. Also wounded were Dennis Whittaker, Aircraftsman 2nd Class Norton, and the Wireless Operator Jock Muir. The launch arrived back at Kalafrana, but its condition and the deaths of crew members appalled the whole base. It was taken up the slipway for repairs. Sergeant Lord, 1st Fitter, went to hospital for a check-up, before returning to commence carrying out the repairs  

 

 

Sergeant H.A. NICOLLS, Observer with 105 Blenheim Squadron, arrived at Luqa airfield in July 1941. Whilst attacking a chemical factory at Crotone, Italy, on 11th August 1941 his aircraft was shot down, and he was taken a prisoner of war. He was held in Centocelle, near Rome. The other two crew members also survived, Pilot Squadron Leader George Goode, and Wireless Op./Air Gunner Pilot Officer Eric Applebee, but as officers they held elsewhere and eventually in Germany

 

Corporal Theo L. NIELSEN, 640037 member of the crew of Rescue Launch HSL129. They left Kalafrana late afternoon 4th February 1942 and were attacked by enemy aircraft off Benghisa Point. Aircraftsman G.R. King was in the forward gun turret and was killed by a wound to his head. Flying Officer Nicholls, the Skipper, was hit in the stomach and collapsed in the wheelhouse. First Coxswain Nielsen was killed at the helm. Corporal Cooper, the 2nd Coxswain had his left hand shattered by a cannon shell but managed to take the wheel. Leading Aircraftsman Tom Griffiths, in the rear gun turret was severely wounded. Also wounded were Dennis Whittaker, Aircraftsman 2nd Class Norton, and the Wireless Operator Jock Muir. The launch arrived back at Kalafrana, but its condition and the deaths of crew members appalled the whole base. It was taken up the slipway for repairs. Sergeant Lord, 1st Fitter, went to hospital for a check-up, before returning to commence carrying out the repairs  

 

J.H. O’C. NIHILL, Sub-Lieutenant (A), RNVR, Fleet Air Arm, died 12th August 1942, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Victorious. Whilst escorting the ‘Pedestal’ Convoy his ship came under attack from enemy aircraft

 

A.L.M. NOBLE, Leading Airman, Fleet Air Arm, died 27th November 1940, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Ark Royal

 

Flying Officer G.K. NOBLE, Wellington pilot with 148 Squadron. On 12th January 1941 he was taking part in a bombing raid on airfields near Catania, and was shot down by ground fire. All the crew lost their lives

 

Pilot Officer Ronald F. NOBLE, Hurricane pilot, took off from an aircraft carrier for Malta and arrived 12th November 1941, with 605 Squadron

 

Lieutenant Frederick Owen NOOME, South African Air Force, a Beaufighter pilot with 227 Squadron. Shot down and killed 6th September 1942 whilst attacking enemy shipping off the coast of Corfu. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Michael Barry NORRIS, aged 24 years, bachelor, the son of Frederick Norris, married 12th September 1964, to Virginia June MAKIN, aged 24 years, spinster, the daughter of Arthur Richard Makin, Royal Air Force, at St.Christopher’s Station Church, Luqa Aerodrome. The ceremony was performed by the Reverend Joseph Raymond Ash, RAF Chaplain

 

Squadron Leader S.C. NORRIS DFC, arrived first week of December 1941 to take command of 126 Squadron

 

Sergeant William NORTH, Navigator with 107 Blenheim Squadron in October 1941

 

Wing Commander Geoffrey Wilson NORTHCOTT, born in November 1920 in Manitoba Province, Canada. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force on 3rd June 1940. A pilot he flew a spitfire off the American Aircraft Carrier USS Wasp in April 1942, and was placed with 603 Squadron. After his a sortie on 15th August 1942 he left Malta

 

Brian NORTHROP, born 17th July 1931, the son of Ruby Mary Alexandra and Corporal Harold Northrop, of 33 Sacred Heart Promenade, Birzebuggia, RAF Calafrana

 

Sergeant J.K. NORWELL. On 17th November 1940 at dawn he took off from the deck of the aircraft carrier HMS Argus for Malta. His aircraft was in the first wave consisting of six Hurricanes, of which two failed to arrive. From the second wave of six aircraft, none ever arrived at Malta, so it was presumed that they ran out of fuel and fell into the sea. He left Malta on 7th April 1941 for Egypt

 

Sergeant Raymond NOSEDA, a Blenheim pilot with 107 Squadron in 1941

 

A. NUNN, Sub-Lieutenant (A), RNVR, Fleet Air Arm, died 12th August 1942, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Victorious. Whilst escorting the ‘Pedestal’ Convoy his ship came under attack from enemy aircraft

 

Leading Aircraftsman Mervyn J. NURSE, 4122093, aged 20 years, from Rumney, Cardiff, killed in an air crash on 18th February 1956. See ALLBERRY for details

 

Sergeant W. NURSE, a Hurricane pilot, with 185 Squadron at Hal Far, early July 1941

 

Leading Aircraftsman Ernie NUTTALL, of 3231 RAF Servicing Commando Unit, was killed together with Leading Aircraftsman Jim Taylor, when a Spitfire pilot, 1st Lieutenant Edward Fardella, of 308 Squadron, USAAF, collided with the wreck of a Spitfire, at Gozo Airfield, July 1943

 

H.W. NUTTALL, Petty Officer Airman, died 18th May 1942, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Argus

 

Wing Commander C.W. NUTTING OBE DSC, the first Station Commander of Hal Far Royal Air Force base arrived 10th May 1929

 

Wellington

 

P.E.H. O’BRIEN, Lieutenant, Fleet Air Arm, HMS St.Angelo, the Naval Shore Base. He was piloting a Swordfish of 830 Squadron on the night of 20th November 1941 to attack an enemy convoy, but his aircraft was shot down and he died together with his Observer

 

Sergeant Roy O’DONNELL, Hurricane pilot, flew his plane off the deck of HMS Argus on 2nd August 1940, and landed at Luqa to increase the number of aircraft to defend the island. With 261 Squadron, he died 15th August 1940. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Flight Sergeant Eric O’HARA, a Beaufighter pilot with 227 Squadron, shot down attacking enemy shipping on 27th August 1942 together with Navigator Sergeant Seddon. Both men were killed

 

Squadron Leader H.F. O’NEILL, took command of 1435 Squadron at Royal Air Force base Luqa in Spring 1943

 

Wing Commander G.R. O’SULLIVAN, became first Station Commander at Ta Kali airfield, when it was established by the Royal Air Force on 8th November 1940

 

Wing Commander O’SULLIVAN, appointed Station Commander at Hal Far airfield, on 1st January 1940. With the rank of Group Captain he was posted to Luqa Air Force base May 1941

 

T.R. OATEN, AM2, Fleet Air Arm, Died 10th January 1941, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Illustrious. Whilst on convoy protection duty the ship came under attack from German Ju-87 and Ju-88 aircraft, and was hit six times in a ten minute period. Extensively damaged and still on fire the crippled ship managed to get into Grand Harbour and dock at the Parlatorio Wharf. More than 210 members of the crew were killed or wounded

 

Wing Commander OGDEN, appointed Station Commander at Hal Far airfield, 18th February 1944, until 1st July

 

V.F. O'HAGAN, 404411, Sergeant, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, Royal Australian Air Force, serving with No. 37 Squadron R.A.F., injured on 8th March 1942. In the dark the Wellington bomber D.V. 483 of which he was a crew member, was just taking off from the runway at Luqa RAF Station when it collided with Wellington bomber Z.9038 which was taxiing down the same runway in the opposite direction. Both aircraft burst into flames and rescue attempts were hampered by exploding bombs and mines which had been fitted to both aircraft. He was taken from the scene to No. 90 General Hospital, at Imtarfa

 

Bernard Frederick OLAND, born 29th March 1928, the son of Florence Mary and Flight Sergeant Henry Alfred Charles Oland, RAF base Calafrana

 

Raymond Roy OLAND, born 21st August. 1930, the son of Florence May and Flight Sergeant Henry Alfred Charles Oland, RAF base Calafrana

 

Pilot Officer B.J. OLIVER, from New Zealand, a Hurricane pilot, with 185 Squadron at Hal Far, early July 1941

 

Pilot Officer Oliver O. ORMROD, Hurricane pilot, took off from an aircraft carrier for Malta and arrived 12th November 1941, with 242 Squadron. With 185 Squadron, crash landed his Hurricane at Luqa Airfield, 10th April 1942. He survived the crash and managed to jump out of the damaged aircraft. A Fire Tender Crew and Flight Sergeant, rushed to the stricken aircraft unaware that he had already escaped. Shortly afterwards the petrol tank exploded. For their efforts, Corporal Hugh Clawson, and Leading Aircraftsman Edward Mitchison were awarded the George Medal. He was killed on 22nd April

 

Sub-Lieutenant ORR, fighter pilot with 806 Squadron in January 1941

 

Flying Officer A.F.A. OSBORN, Wellington pilot with 148 Squadron. On 12th January 1941 he took part in a nighttime raid to bomb airfields in the Catania his aircraft was damaged by ground fire but he descended to around 400 feet and machine-gunned several search-light and Flak sites. The damage to his aircraft forced him to ditch into the sea. They were rescued by a naval vessel but one crew member died from his serious wounds. He was later awarded the DFC for this action

 

Albert Matthew OSBORNE, Leading Aircraftsman, 1058637, Royal Air Force (VR), aged 35 years, son of Albert Edward and Annie Margaret Osborne, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire. The posthumous George Cross was awarded to Leading Aircraftman A.M.Osborne, R.A.F. for his fearless conduct in fire-fighting and rescue operations in which he saved many pilots and others from certain death. He was killed on 1st April 1942, whilst leading a party to extinguish the flames in a burning aircraft. The Air Officer Commanding R.A.F. Mediterranean said that Aircraftman Osborne was  ‘one of the bravest men it has been my privilege to meet’

 

Mary OSMOND, born 31st January 1921, the daughter of Emily Doris and Edward Osmond, Squadron Leader, Royal Air Force

 

Sergeant Raymond OTTEY, 937835, a Hurricane pilot, took off from the deck of HMS Ark Royal on 27th April 1941, to bring additional aircraft to Malta. Joined 261 Squadron. His plane went into a steep dive and crashed into the sea, 2nd May 1941. His body was not found. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial at Floriana

 

Wilfred Ewart OULTON, aged 23 years, bachelor, Flying Officer, Royal Air Force, RAF Station Hal Far, the son of Llewellyn Oulton, married 18th March 1935, to Sarah Gwenllian DAVIES, aged 21 years, spinster, of Abertillery, Monmouthshire, the daughter of Emlyn Holt Davies

 

Flying Officer C.D. OWEN, 82990, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner with 105 Blenheim Squadron at Luqa airfield. On 12th September 1941, he was attacking shipping off the North African coast but the enemy destroyer escorts shot down their aircraft into the sea. The Observer was Sergeant Reid and Pilot Sergeant Mortimer

 

Sergeant D. OWEN, arrived July 1941 and joined 249 Squadron

 

Flight Sergeant David OWEN, shot down by Messerschmitts, 28th December 1941. Though wounded in his left arm he managed to bale out, and landed in a very rough sea, but was rescued with some difficulty due to the sea conditions by Rescue Launch HSL129 and taken to Kalafrana base

 

Robert OWEN-DAVIES, died 5th April 1946, aged 25 years. A member of the aircrew on board a Vickers Wellington Naval aircraft which crashed on St. Publius Street, Rabat, about 11 a.m. on 5th April 1946. On the ground sixteen civilians were killed plus five crew members lost their lives

 

Miss OWENS, a Plotter with RAF Fighter Control No.8 Sector Operations Room based in Lascaris Bastion, Valletta in June 1942

 

Sergeant John Percival OXENBURY, aged 29 years, bachelor, RAF station Hal Far, the son of Albert Percival Oxenbury deceased, married 15th November 1938 to Enid Cynthia COOPER, aged 23 years, spinster, of Mayfield, Walsoken, Norfolk, the daughter of Albert Arthur Cooper deceased

  

Hawker Hurricanes

Emanuele PACE, F54320, born February 1891, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 22nd March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Joseph PACE, F54277, born August 1880. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 5th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

J.S. PAGDIN, Sub-Lieutenant (A), RNVR, attached to HMS Grebe the Naval Air Station in Egypt, but operating from Malta. Died 22nd February 1942

 

Bernard Arthur PAGE, died 5th April 1946, aged 23 years. A member of the aircrew on board a Vickers Wellington Naval aircraft which crashed on St. Publius Street, Rabat, about 11 a.m. on 5th April 1946. On the ground sixteen civilians were killed plus five crew members lost their lives

 

Pilot Officer J.F. PAIN, from Australia. A Hurricane pilot, arrived last week of January 1941. An ex-Battle of Britain pilot

 

Sub-Lieutenant S.M. PAINE, Fleet Air Arm, Swordfish Observer, on HMS Illustrious and in the first wave of attackers on the Italian Fleet anchored in Taranto Harbour 11th November 1940

 

Pilot Officer G. PAINTER, a Wellington pilot with 221 Squadron in February 1943

 

Pilot Officer G.C.C. PALLISER, Hurricane pilot with 249 Squadron, arrived on Malta 21st May 1941

 

Douglas PALMER, Sergeant, Wireless Op./Air Gunner, was a crew member of the Wellington bomber R1094 and the sole survivor of an air crash.

About half an hour before midnight on the 3rd November 1940 a Flight of Wellington bombers prepared to take off from Luqa airfield each carrying a full load of bombs on a mission to attack the city of Naples.

 

The fourth aircraft (R1094) lost height soon after take off and crashed onto the roof of a house at Dun Mario Street, Qormi, bursting into flames, and also setting the house on fire. The house was on the edge of a quarry and part of the burning aircraft fell into the quarry, carrying with it some of the crew.

 

Rescue workers heard moaning from below and when volunteers were called for to go down into the blazing wreckage Police Constable Carmel Camilleri put himself forward. He was lowered into the quarry and saw that two men were dead but managed to tie a rope around the badly injured Sergeant Arthur Smith who was hauled up to safety, but did not survive his ordeal.

 

For his bravery No.347 PC Carmel Camilleri was awarded the George Medal. The four other crew members lost their lives that night, Sergeant Philip Forrester, Sergeant David Rawlings, Sergeant Arthur Smith, and Sergeant Thomas Woor, as well as two civilians, Fredu Agius and his wife Dolores who lived in the house with their children.  The couple's five children who were asleep in another bedroom were rescued. About half an hour earlier Wellington T2743 from the same Flight also failed to gain height and crashed shortly after take off

 

Flying Officer F.R.W. PALMER arrived early December 1941 to join 1435 Flight

 

P.E. PALMER, Sub-Lieutenant, died 14th June 1942, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Argus, whilst escorting the Convoy ‘Harpoon’

 

Patrick John PALMER, aged 23 years, bachelor, Junior Technician, RAF Luqa, the son of Arthur Herbert Palmer, married 5th June 1965 to, Suzanne Julia Alice SAXBY, aged 26 years, spinster, WRNS, RNAS Hal Far, the daughter of Arthur Leslie Saxby. The Marriage was conducted by the Reverend John Mason, Chaplain, R.N. and took place at St.Nicholas Church, Hal Far

 

Flying Officer Stanislaw PANKIEWICZ, a Polish officer serving with the Royal Air Force, died in an aircrash 17th December 1942. See Major Lord A.A.B. APSLEY for details

 

Lieutenant PARK, Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, was the passenger when on the 13th February 1915, Captain Kilner took off in a Short Admiralty 135 Type Folder biplane No.136. This is believed to be the first flight by a seaplane in Malta

 

Air Vice Marshall Sir Keith Rodney PARK, from New Zealand, was appointed Air Officer Commanding, Royal Air Force Malta, on 14th July 1942

 

R.B. PARK DSC, Lieutenant (A), Fleet Air Arm, died 12th August 1942, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Indomitable. His ship was part of the escort for Operation ‘Pedestal’ from Gibraltar. In the late afternoon twelve German Ju-87 aircraft attacked the carrier and she suffered serious damage from the bombs. One hit the forward AA gun positions killing more than twenty of the Royal Marines detachment. Another landed near the forward lift and penetrated the upper gallery deck and exploded above the main hangar deck. The wardroom was crowded with off-duty pilots and observers when it was wrecked by a bomb killing all the occupants. The ship survived the onslaught and headed for Gibraltar

 

Flight Sergeant William PARK, a member of 126 Squadron in August 1942

 

Leading Aircraftsman D. PARKER, 4090130, aged 21 years, from Leicester, killed in an air crash on 18th February 1956. See ALLBERRY for details

 

Geoffrey Sidney PARKER, aged 22 years, bachelor, Flight Sergeant, Royal Air Force, 73 Squadron, RAF station Ta Qali, the son of Percy George Parker, married 11th September 1948, to Nancy Eveline HUGHES, aged 28 years, spinster, Nursing Sister Q.A.I.M.N.S., the daughter of Thomas Hughes

 

Sergeant J.G. PARKER, Hurricane pilot with 249 Squadron, arrived on Malta 21st May 1941

 

Flying-Officer K.E. PARKER, appointed Commanding Officer of RAF Station Flight, at Hal Far airfield, 17th July 1930

 

Sergeant T.W. PARKER, Wellington pilot with 40 Squadron. In a night time raid on Benghazi 23rd November 1941 his aircraft was shot down into the sea. He survived the crash and was picked up a few days later by an enemy vessel and made a prisoner

 

Corporal S.L. PARMENTER, 958634, serving at Kalafrana RAF Base, killed 8th May 1942

 

Arthur E. PARKHOUSE, Corporal, Royal Air Force, from Hornsey, London, married 27th September 1945 to Eileen (Pat) KEELING, W.R.N.S.

 

Sergeant L.D. PARRY, 954380, Observer with 105 Blenheim Squadron at Luqa August 1941. Whilst attacking Crotone Harbour, Italy on 4th September 1941, enemy fire blew off one wing and the aircraft crashed killing all the crew. The Pilot was Sergeant Wallace and Sergeant Jones Wireless Op/Air Gunner

 

Leila PARSONS, born 11th May 1925, the daughter of Lilian Ada and George Joseph Edward Parsons, Flight Sergeant, Royal Air Force

 

Monica PARTLETON, born 12th July 1932, the daughter of Elizabeth Mary and Leading Aircraftsman William Lionel Partleton, of Oxford Cottage, Birzebuggia, RAF Calafrana

 

Aircraftsman William Lionel PARTLETON, aged 26 years, bachelor, RAF station Hal Far, the son of John Partleton, married 18th September 1931 to Elizabeth Mary FIELDER, aged 29 years, spinster, of Main Street, Beckley, Sussex, the daughter of Albert Fielder

 

Pilot Officer Dennis de Montfort PARTRIDGE, Royal Australian Air Force, a Beaufighter pilot with 227 Squadron. Killed 6th September 1942 whilst attacking enemy shipping off the coast of Corfu. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Captain O. PATCH, Royal Marines, a Swordfish pilot with the Fleet Air Arm, in the first wave of attackers on the Italian Fleet anchored in Taranto Harbour 11th November 1940

 

Sergeant Alastair PATERSON, 104 Squadron, W.Op. of Vickers Wellington. Six Wellingtons took off to bomb airfields in Sardinia. His was the last and failed to gain height, since the undercarriage was still down it struck a wall, causing the plane to crash, and all the crew were killed. 7th November 1942

 

Corporal A.J. PATERSON, 2718806, aged 20 years, from Glasgow, killed in an air crash on 18th February 1956. See ALLBERRY for details

 

Sergeant Douglas PATERSON, Navigator with 227 Beaufighter Squadron. Shot down on 20th August 1942, but survived and taken Prisoner-of-War with his pilot, Warrant Officer Brisco

 

Sergeant Arthur PATON, aged 23 years, bachelor, RAF base Calafrana, the son of Ernest Lindsey Paton, married 9th November 1925 to Ethel Hetty HALL, aged 21 years, spinster, the daughter of Noah Salmon Hall

 

W.N. PATON DSC, Lieutenant, RNVR, Fleet Air Arm, HMS St.Angelo, the Naval Shore Base, died 15th June 1942

 

Pilot Officer I. PAUL, Blenheim pilot with 107 Squadron. Killed by cannon shell whilst attacking shipping in Zuara harbour, 24th December 1941

 

Flight Lieutenant Kenneth PAWSON, 112442, Pilot with 601 Squadron. Died 25th April 1942 in combat with German Messerschmitt fighters

 

Flight Sergeant H.C. PAYNE, pilot with 243 Squadron, at Hal Far airfield in July 1943

 

Owen Charles PAYNE, aged 35 years, bachelor, Royal Air Force, RAF station Kalafrana, the son of Charles Payne, married 17th June 1944, to Marion Elizabeth TOWNLEY, aged 35 years, spinster, Women’s Royal Naval Service, the daughter of Edward Townley

 

Flying Officer S.R. PEACOCK-EDWARDS, from Rhodesia. A Hurricane pilot arrived last week of January 1941. An ex-Battle of Britain pilot. After a battle with German Messerschmitts on 13th April 1941, he crash landed at Hal Far, and his aircraft broke its back and was written off

 

Alan Richard PEARSON, born 13th September 1926, the son of Blanche Lilian and Sergeant Richard Cyril Pearson, R.A.F., of 43 Strada Marina, Birzebuggia

 

Barbara Helen PEARSON, born 6th March 1928, the daughter of Blanche Lilian and Sergeant Richard Cyril Pearson, RAF Base Calafrana

 

Sergeant Richard Cyril PEARSON, aged 24 years, bachelor, RAF base Calafrana, the son of Frederick Sparks Pearson, married 25th May 1926 to, Blanche Lilian AKHURST, aged 28 years, spinster, of Gosport, Hampshire, the daughter of George Thomas Akhurst

 

Flying Officer Robert Bedlington PEARSON, 115796, Royal Air Force (V.R.), a Navigator with 227 Beaufighter Squadron. He was taking part in an attack on the seaplane base at Bizerta on 14th November 1942, when his aircraft was shot down by enemy fighters. He died together with his Pilot, Flying Officer D.M.Witherspoon. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial at Floriana

 

James E. PECK, an American, Spitfire pilot, served with 126 Squadron in March 1942. Died in a flying accident involving a Lockheed P-38 Fighter on 12th April 1944 at Christchurch

 

Mr E. PENN, of the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough. On the Royal Air Force flying boat K.3595 which crashed on a hillside near Messina Sicily, killing all on board, 15th February 1935. The plane was flying from Naples to the RAF Base at Calafrana, en route to Singapore

 

Sergeant PEPPER, RAF. On board a Wellington of the Overseas Air Delivery Unit, which was shot down in flames about 90 miles from Kalafrana, on 15th November 1941. The aircraft ditched successfully and all on board transferred to a dinghy and were later picked up by Royal Air Force Search and Rescue launch HSL128

 

Wing Commander N.E.W. PEPPER, Blenheim pilot with 139 Squadron. On 3rd June his aircraft was attacking an enemy convoy, as he flew low over the ships one of them filled with ammunition exploded and the full force of the blast hit his aircraft and it disintegrated

 

Anne Janet PERCY, born 10th October 1937, the daughter of Bessie and Corporal William Percy, RAF, of ‘Nimrod’, St.Patrick Street, Birzebuggia

 

Flight Sergeant PERKINS, 1st Coxswain, Search and Rescue launch HSL 137 in August 1938, at Kalafrana RAF base

 

Died 19th February 1936, Sergeant T. PERHAM, 346757, of RAF Calafrana

 

E.A. PERKINS, Sub-Lieutenant (A), Fleet Air Arm, Swordfish Observer, on HMS Illustrious, in the second wave of attackers on the Italian Fleet anchored in Taranto Harbour 11th November 1940. Died 10th January 1941, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Illustrious. Whilst on convoy protection duty the ship came under attack from German Ju-87 and Ju-88 aircraft, and was hit six times in a ten minute period. Extensively damaged and still on fire the crippled ship managed to get into Grand Harbour and dock at the Parlatorio Wharf. More than 210 members of the crew were killed or wounded

 

Flying Officer Norman PETCH, a Beaufort pilot with 39 Squadron in March 1943

 

Sergeant A.J. PHILLIPS, Royal Australian Air Force, a Beaufighter pilot with 227 Squadron in 1942. On a sortie on 22nd September 1942 to attack enemy shipping his plane collided with a Beaufort aircraft, which crashed into the sea killing all the crew, but the damaged Beaufighter managed to return to Luqa

 

Flight Lieutenant PICKERING, the first Commanding Officer of RAF Station Flight, formed 1st April 1929, at Hal Far airfield

 

Sergeant J. PICKERING, Hurricane pilot, flew his plane off the deck of HMS Argus on 2nd August 1940, and landed at Luqa to increase the number of aircraft to defend the island

 

Group Captain K.F. PICKLES, appointed Station Commander, Royal Air Force base Luqa on 26th October 1945

 

Flight Sergeant Henri Frans Mary PIEN, 1299929, Royal Air Force (V.R.), from Belgium. Serving as a Beaufighter pilot with 272 Squadron. Whilst on flying duty on 19th December 1942 his aircraft was shot down by enemy aircraft and he was killed along with his navigator Flight Sergeant Ronald W.Lane. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial at Floriana

 

Sergeant PIKE, had taken off in a Mosquito on a photographic reconnaissance mission to Tripoli, when they were recalled but came under attack from Me-109’s. With one engine on fire the aircraft crash landed at Hal Far, and burnt out, but the two men on board survived. March 1942

 

Francis Reginald PIKE, born 23rd March 1928, the son of Gladys May and Corporal Ernest Reginald Pike, RAF base Calafrana

 

Ronald Edwin PIKE, born 20th November 1929, the son of Gladys May and Corporal Ernest Reginald Pike, RAF base Calafrana

 

Flight Lieutenant S.A.D. PIKE, a Hurricane pilot, with 185 Squadron at Hal Far, early July 1941

 

Flying Officer J.M. PILCHER, Wellington pilot of 458 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force in January 1943

 

Telegraphist/Air Gunner A.K. PIMLOTT, was in a Swordfish aircraft that returned to Hal Far after attacking enemy shipping and crash landed, but the torpedo was still in place. An explosion followed and the pilot Lieutenant L.F.E. Aldridge was killed instantly whilst he died from his injuries later that day, 21st August 1941

 

Sergeant Cecil George PINKNEY, aged 24 years, bachelor, RAF base Calafrana, the son of William Pinkney, retired, married 9th January 1926 to, Doris Muriel Constance BRYANT, aged 33 years, spinster, of Pettistree, Wickham Market, Suffolk, the daughter of Thomas Hedley Bryant

 

Pamela Grace PINNOCK, born 5th October 1931, the daughter of Dorothy Maud and Leading Aircraftsman Robert Pinnock, of 30 Strada Nuova, Birzebuggia

 

Aircraftsman 1st Class J. PIROTTA, 776890, serving at Kalafrana RAF base, died 31st December 1941

 

Flight Lieutenant John Agorastas PLAGIS DSO DFC+Bar, from Rhodesia, fighter pilot served with 249 Squadron in the Summer of 1942 at Ta Kali and 185 Squadrons

 

Robert Victor Graham PLATTS, 21 years, bachelor, Royal Air Force, RAF, Luqa, the son of Robert Platts, Miner, married 23rd January 1960 to Wendy McVEY, 21 years, spinster, WRNS, Whitehall Mansions, Ta Xbiex, the daughter of Charles Shay McVey, Electrician

 

Sergeant J.K. POLLARD, flew a Hurricane off HMS Ark Royal, 3rd April 1941 to increase the number of aircraft on Malta

 

Pilot Officer K. POLLARD, a Navigator with 227 Beaufighter Squadron. Whilst on a night bombing raid on Palermo on 24th November 1942, he was shot down and taken prisoner together with his Pilot, Lieutenant J.Clements

 

Sergeant POND, 1st Engineer, Search and Rescue launch HSL 137 in August 1938 at Kalafrana RAF base

 

Leading Aircraftsman POOLE, 620341, serving at Kalafrana RAF BASE, killed 16th February 1942

 

Sergeant POPPER, R.A.F., on board a Wellington of the Overseas Air Delivery Unit, which was shot down in flames about 90 miles from Kalafrana, on 15th November 1941. The aircraft ditched successfully and all on board transferred to a dinghy and were later picked up by Royal Air Force Search and Rescue launch

 

George Hogg POPPLETON, 1331128, Aircraftman 1st Class, R.A.F. He was employed as a nursing orderly who not only carried out his duties correctly but did so with courage. One evening in October 1942 he observed an aircraft coming into land which was in difficulties, and in fact it crashed and immediately burst into flames.  With is companion LAC Jenkins they drove their ambulance to the burning plane. Despite the imminent danger of the ammunition and petrol tanks exploding, both men rushed into the burning wreckage and succeeded in rescuing the wounded pilot who was semiconscious and moved him to safety. Whilst carrying out this dangerous task the aerodrome was still under heavy attack by enemy bombers. By their prompt and brave action they saved the pilot's life. He was awarded the British Empire Medal in December 1942

 

Carmelo PORTELLI, F54393, born July 1876, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 27th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Francesco PORTELLI, F54392, born July 1899. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 5th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Francesco PORTELLI, F54279, born July 1880, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 27th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Sergeant Sidney PORTEOUS, 984451, Oberver with 105 Blenheim Squadron at Luqa airfield August 1941. On 12th September 1941, he was attacking shipping off the North African coast but the enemy destroyer escorts shot down his aircraft killing all the crew. The Pilot was Squadron Leader Charney, and Wireless Op./Air Gunner Sergeant D.R. Harris. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Flight Lieutenant M.E. POTIER, Blenheim pilot with 110 Squadron. On the 9th July 1941 he was taking part in a raid on shipping in Tripoli harbour, but was reported missing with all the crew

 

Pilot Officer Arnold POTTER, Observer with 69 Squadron. Whilst on reconnaissance patrol 13th January 1943 his Martin Maryland aircraft came under attack from German ME 109’s, and it crashed into the sea off Tigne. He managed to bale out and survived. The pilot Wing Commander John Dowland GC, and W.Op/A.G. Pilot Officer Robert Gridley were killed

 

Miss POULTON, a Plotter with RAF Fighter Control No.8 Sector Operations Room based in Lascaris Bastion, Valletta in June 1942

 

Squadron Leader George POWELL-SHEDDON DFC, appointed C.O. of the Malta Night Fighter Unit when it was formed at Ta Kali in July 1941. On 20th November 1941 he took off but his aircraft suffered engine failure and he made a crash landing on the Attard to Rabat Road, luckily without injury. He was posted from Malta December 1941

 

Corporal B.C. PRATCHETT, aged 21 years, from Parkeston Quay, killed in an air crash on 18th February 1956. See ALLBERRY for details

 

Lieut-Commander Peter Burton PRATT, aged 27 years, bachelor, RNAS, Ta Kali Air base, the son of Francis Josiah Pratt, married 22nd December 1944 to, Olwen Mary McCALL, aged 25 years, spinster, 3rd Officer, WRNS, of Whitehall Mansions, Ta Xbiex, the daughter of Thomas McCall

 

Wing Commander E.R. PRETTYMAN DFC, relinquished command of Hal Far Royal Air Force station on 16th April 1934.

 

Chaplain PRIDGEN, United States Air Force, serving with 307th, 308th and 309th Squadrons, based at Xewkija Airfield, Gozo, July 1943

 

Flying Officer R.H. PRIOR, Wellington pilot of 458 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force in January 1943

 

Sergeant O. PRITCHARD, Overseas Aircraft Delivery Unit, W.Op/Air Gunner of a Bristol Beaufort, shortly after take off to deliver the aircraft to the Middle East, it developed engine trouble and so it was decided to return to Malta. Unable to maintain height when the port engine failed, successfully ditched into the sea, 21st August 1942. The crew managed to get into the dinghy and were rescued by HSL 128 shortly after

 

W.L. PROTHEROE, Sub-Lieutenant (A), RNVR, Fleet Air Arm, died 12th August 1942, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Indomitable. His ship was part of the escort for Operation ‘Pedestal’ from Gibraltar. In the late afternoon twelve German Ju-87 aircraft attacked the carrier and she suffered serious damage from the bombs. One hit the forward AA gun positions killing more than twenty of the Royal Marines detachment. Another landed near the forward lift and penetrated the upper gallery deck and exploded above the main hangar deck. The wardroom was crowded with off-duty pilots and observers when it was wrecked by a bomb killing all the occupants. The ship survived the onslaught and headed for Gibraltar

 

Flight Lieutenant G.C. PRYOR, Blenheim Pilot with 18 Squadron. An enemy convoy of five cargo ships and two tankers with cruiser and destroyer escorts was sighted between Corfu and Cephalonia on 8th November 1941. Whilst attacking this convoy his aircraft was hit by gunfire from a destroyer crashed into the sea

 

Emanuele PULICINO, F54338, born October 1884, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 22nd March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Hiram Aldine PUTNAM, Pilot Officer, J/15079, 126 Squadron, from Canada, but born in the U.S.A. He was killed in action over Malta on 21st April 1942. His plane hit a wireless mast, but he was already mortally wounded by cannon fire

 

Leading Aircraftsman M. PYE, 351*124, aged 21 years, from Worcester, killed in an air crash on 18th February 1956. See ALLBERRY for details

 

Lieutenant PYKE, died 10th June 1960, when his Meteor aircraft crashed just south of the old Safi airfield. He was attempting a single-engined practice landing, but found that the engine would not restart. From 728 Squadron, based at Hal Far aerodrome

 

Gloster Gladiator

Sergeant G.D.P. QUINN DFM+ Bar, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, with 105 Blenheim Squadron, arrived at Luqa airfield July 1941

 

Sergeant T.A. QUINN, a Hurricane pilot, arrived 17th March 1941 to join 261 Squadron

Avro Shackleton

 

Squadron Leader A.C. RABAGLIATI DFC, Hurricane pilot, C.O. of 49 Squadron. An ex-Battle of Britain pilot. Arrived Malta first week of June 1941

 

Sergeant Peter Francis John RADDON, a crew member of a Shackleton aircraft which crashed on 12th February 1954, killing all the men on board

 

Jack RAE, from New Zealand, pilot with 249 Squadron in summer 1942 at Ta Kali. Shot down 1st May 1942, but managed to bale out and land on Malta

 

Flight Lieutenant John Archibald RAE, J/7684, Royal Canadian Air Force, a  Beaufighter pilot serving with 227 Squadron. His aircraft was shot down and he was killed on 31st January 1943. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial at Floriana

 

Pilot Officer Alister Stewart RAMSAY DFC, 88659, Observer with 105 Blenheim Squadron, arrived at Luqa airfield in July 1941.  In late afternoon on 1st August 1941 his Blenheim was on a mission to attack enemy shipping off Lampedusa. They scored direct hits on the ships, but his aircraft was badly damaged by flak, and crashed into the sea. Sergeant V.R. Marsh, the Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, along with the pilot Flight Lieutenant Broadley were picked up by an Italian rescue launch some time later and they became Prisoners-of-War. Pilot Officer Ramsay died of his wounds. He had been awarded the DFC on 8th July for his actions during the raid on Bremen, Germany

 

Flying Officer R. RANKIN, Beaufighter pilot of 272 Squadron. On 12th November 1942 he was amongst seven Beaufighters of 272 Squadron that attacked an enemy airfield in Tunisia

 

Kenneth RANSOM, 22 years, bachelor, Royal Air Force, RAF station Safi, the son of Austen Ransom, Royal Air Force, married 4th September 1960 to Hilary Jane TAYLOR, 21 years, spinster, WRNS, Whitehall Mansions, Ta Xbiex, the daughter of Leslie Taylor deceased, Engineer

 

Miss RAPINETT, a Plotter with RAF Fighter Control No.8 Sector Operations Room based in Lascaris Bastion, Valletta in June 1942

 

Sergeant N.E. RASMUSSEN, W.O/A.G, of a Martin Maryland aircraft of 69 Squadron, on 15th February 1942, having sighted 3 Italian Cruisers and 6 Italian Destroyers, decided to return to the base in Malta. The port engine failed, and they were attacked by German fighter aircraft that damaged the starboard wing and ailerons with cannon fire. The starboard window was shot away, the Gunner’s cockpit smashed, and the petrol tank was also hit. The aircraft went into a spin, but the pilot managed to gain control and get into some cloud cover. About 12 miles from the Maltese coast, they were attacked again by enemy aircraft and suffered machine gun fire which caused further damage, the instrument panel and even the pilot’s helmet and goggles were hit. The starboard engine stopped so the pilot had to ditch into the sea off Benghisa, and in the process part of the starboard wing and rudder fell off. Whilst other planes circled overhead a launch rescued the four man crew

 

Miss Christina RATCLIFFE BEM, a Plotter with RAF Fighter Control No.8 Sector Operations Room based in Lascaris Bastion, Valletta in June 1942

 

Pilot Officer P. RATHIE, Hurricane pilot, arrived first week of June 1941. A member of the Malta Night Fighter Unit when it was formed at Ta Kali in July 1941. The M.N.F.U. was re-named in December 1941 as 1435 Squadron

 

Sergeant RATHWELL, Spitfire pilot with 81 Squadron based at Ta Kali in June 1943.

 

Corporal Archibald Benjamin RATTENBERRY, aged 29 years, bachelor, RAF station Hal Far, the son of William Henry Pearce Rattenbury, married 29th January 1933 to, Margaret Edward WOODMAN, aged 20 years, spinster, of 93 Hertford Road, Barking, Essex, the daughter of Walter Albert Woodman

 

David Pryce RAWLINGS, Sergeant, 526314, Pilot, was a crew member of the Wellington bomber R1094. About half an hour before midnight on the 3rd November 1940 a Flight of Wellington bombers prepared to take off from Luqa airfield each carrying a full load of bombs on a mission to attack the city of Naples.

The fourth aircraft (R1094) lost height soon after take off and crashed onto the roof of a house at Dun Mario Street, Qormi, bursting into flames, and also setting the house on fire. The house was on the edge of a quarry and part of the burning aircraft fell into the quarry, carrying with it some of the crew.

Rescue workers heard moaning from below and when volunteers were called for to go down into the blazing wreckage Police Constable Carmel Camilleri put himself forward. He was lowered into the quarry and saw that two men were dead but managed to tie a rope around the badly injured Sergeant Arthur Smith who was hauled up to safety, but did not survive his ordeal.

For his bravery No.347 PC Carmel Camilleri was awarded the George Medal. Three other crew members lost their lives that night, Sergeant Philip Forrester, Sergeant Arthur Smith, and Sergeant Thomas Woor, as well as two civilians, Fredu Agius and his wife Dolores who lived in the house with their children. 

One Royal Air Force man survived, Sergeant Douglas Palmer, and the couple's five children who were asleep in another bedroom were rescued.

About half an hour earlier Wellington T2743 from the same Flight also failed to gain height and crashed shortly after take off

 

Flying Officer Arthur RAWLINSON, Intelligence officer with 243 Squadron in June 1943 at Hal Far

 

Flight Sergeant Wallis Lloyd RAWLINSON, a crew member of a Shackleton aircraft which crashed on 12th February 1954, killing all the men on board

 

Sergeant J. REAM, a Hurricane pilot, with 185 Squadron at Hal Far, early July 1941

 

Sergeant William Dennis REASON, Wellington pilot with 221 Squadron detachment. Failed to return from a search mission, 23rd December 1941. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Thomas REAY, Sergeant, 751646, Wellington crew member. About half an hour before midnight on the 3rd November 1940 a Flight of Wellington bombers prepared to take off from Luqa airfield each carrying a full load of bombs on a mission to attack the city of Naples.

 

The first aircraft became airborne and headed for Italy, the second Wellington (T2743) piloted by Sergeant Raymond Lewin failed to get higher than about 500 feet when it started to go down, and crashed in open ground near Tal Handaq, and burst into flames. Realizing that the aircraft had full petrol tanks and a number of bombs, he told his crew to get out of the area as quickly as possible. 

 

Sergeant Thomas Reay survived this horrendous event, together with Sergeant Raymond Lewin, Sergeant Archibald Hunter, and unter, Leading Aircraftsman John Hollingworth, but Pilot Officer David Allen died from his injuries. About half an hour later, the fourth Wellington in this Flight crashed onto houses in Qormi

 

Three months later he was killed in an air raid on 28th January 1941

 

I.M.M. REES, Sub-Lieutenant (A), Fleet Air Arm, died 10th March 1942, on board the Aircraft Carrier, HMS Eagle

 

Pilot Officer L.G.M. REES, Captain of a Short Sunderland flying boat. He had just landed the plane at Kalafrana 27th April 1941, but before it could be brought onto land and safely hidden it was attacked by German fighters and set on fire, later it sank in the sea. His crew members were Flying Officer G.M. Goyen, Pilot Officer N.M. Maynard, Leading Aircraftsman D.A.J. Taylor

 

Leading Aircraftsman R.I. REES, crew member of Royal Air Force flying boat K.3595 that crashed on a hillside near Messina Sicily, killing all on board, 15th February 1935. The plane was flying from Naples to the RAF Base at Calafrana, en route to Singapore

 

Pilot Officer A.J. REEVES, a Hurricane pilot, took off from the deck of HMS Ark Royal on 27th April 1941, to bring additional aircraft to Malta. Whilst flying on 27th May 1941 his aircraft was badly damaged by German fighters, and he baled out, sustaining some minor injuries. With 185 Squadron at Hal Far in early July 1941

 

Giuseppe REFALO, F54368, born February 1882, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 25th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

W.R. REGAN, Leading Airman, Fleet Air Arm, died 12th August 1942, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Victorious. Whilst escorting the ‘Pedestal’ Convoy his ship came under attack from enemy aircraft

 

Sergeant Douglas J. REID, 978132, Observer with 105 Blenheim Squadron. On 12th September 1941, he was attacking shipping off the North African coast but the enemy destroyer escorts shot down their aircraft into the sea. The Pilot was Sergeant Mortimer, and Wireless Op./Air Gunner Sergeant Owen

 

Kenneth George REID, the son of Lilian Blanche and Alfred Charles Reid, 17 Prince Albert Street, Sliema, Sergeant, Royal Air Force, born 10th November 1935

 

Squadron Leader R. REID, Hurricane pilot, took off from an aircraft carrier for Malta and arrived 12th November 1941, with 605 Squadron

 

Sergeant D.C.H. REX, Hurricane pilot with 249 Squadron, arrived on Malta 21st May 1941

 

D.G. REYGATE, Engineer, RAF, died 3rd/4th September 1948. Soon after midnight Friday/Saturday, 3rd/4th September 1948, while exercising with units of the British and United States fleets, a Royal Air Force Lancaster TX263Q, of 38 Squadron based at Luqa RAF Station, went missing. An extensive search was undertaken by the Royal Navy, in company with the United States carrier USS Kearsarge and seven United States destroyers, plus an Italian corvette. American and Italian aircraft also participated in the search. Lieutenant Commander Pridham Wippel R.N., piloting a Seafire from HMS Triumph, sighted wreckage on a hilltop on Monte Cristo island, 25 miles south of Elba. The aircraft carrier put a landing party ashore after the location of the wreckage had been confirmed, but found that there were no survivors. The bodies of the seven man crew were recovered, and buried at sea from the aircraft carrier HMS Triumph on the Sunday afternoon, 5th, with full military honours

 

Leading Aircraftsman Bertie RIDDLESTONE, Deckhand on Search and Rescue Launch HSL128 at Kalafrana base, December 1941

 

Group Captain C. RILEY DFC, became Station Commander at Luqa Royal Air Force base on 17th April 1942, but left on 18th June 1942

 

Flight Lieutenant William RILEY, pilot of Bristol Beaufighter that arrived from England via Gibraltar on 1st May 1941, with twelve others. Two days later his aircraft was unfortunately attacked and damaged by a British Hurricane. He was slightly wounded and managed to crash land at Luqa

 

Flight Sergeant Donald RIPPER, 409276, died 26th October 1943, when the wings of his Spitfire broke off at low level, at Tal Pitfalli, near Dingli. He was a member of 229 Squadron, based at Hal Far. Whilst on a weather flight the aircraft had become iced up, causing instability, and a rapid dive had been impossible to overcome

 

Pilot Officer A.J. RIPPON, a Hurricane pilot, arrived last week of January 1941

 

Edward George RISEBOROUGH, 513281, Warrant Officer. Throughout a period of almost continuous attacks by enemy aircraft on his aerodrome in Malta, he supervised the preparation and serving of meals. Despite many serious difficulties he led his staff with courage and determination. When the airmen's dining hall was destroyed during a raid he had been in a shelter nearby and commenced salvaging important equipment whilst the raid was still in progress. Although he was badly shaken, it was largely due to him that a meal was served in alternative accommodation a short time later. He was awarded Order of the British Empire in June 1942

 

Sergeant R. RIST, Hurricane pilot with 249 Squadron, arrived on Malta 21st May 1941

 

Sergeant ROATH, Blenheim Pilot with 107 Squadron at Luqa in September 1941

 

Sergeant D.J. ROBB, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Hurricane pilot, took off from an aircraft carrier for Malta and arrived 12th November 1941, with 605 Squadron

 

Sergeant Elwyn ROBERTS, W.Op/Air Gunner, 104 Squadron, crew member of a Vickers Wellington bomber. Six aircraft took off on a mission to bomb Catania, but only five arrived at the target. His aircraft was forced to return badly damaged and crashed near Qormi. He was killed in the crash, as well as three other crewmen, 29th May 1942

 

Corporal T.K. ROBERTS, 4125466, aged 21 years, from Worthing, killed in an air crash on 18th February 1956. See ALLBERRY for details

 

Mrs ROBERTS, a Plotter with RAF Fighter Control No.8 Sector Operations Room based in Lascaris Bastion, Valletta in June 1942

 

Pilot Officer D.C.B. ROBERTSON, a Hurricane pilot, took off from the deck of HMS Ark Royal on 27th April 1941, to bring additional aircraft to Malta. With 1435 Squadron when it was formed in December 1941

 

Douglas Colson Brown ROBERTSON, Flight Lieutenant, Royal Air Force, married 28th December 1941 to Mary Concetta (Connie) STAGNO NAVARRA

 

Sergeant Frederick ROBERTSON, Hurricane pilot, flew his plane off the Aircraft Carrier HMS Argus on 2nd August 1940, but crash landed upside down at Luqa. He suffered minor concussion

 

Sergeant Frederick ROBERTSON, Hurricane pilot with 261 Squadron. On 23rd March 1941, he was airborne shortly after the arrival of Convoy MW6 when a German Ju-87 attacked. The fuel tank was hit setting his plane on fire but he managed to bale out and landed safely, whilst the plane crashed near Rabat. On 10th March 1941 he was awarded the DFM

 

Squadron Leader J.M. ROBERTSON, captured and tortured by the Vichy French Deuxieme Bureau when his Swordfish plane crashed near Sousse in Tunisia, 16th September 1941, when landing a clandestine agent in Tunisia

 

Corporal Frederick ROBINSON, Royal Air Force, died on board HMS Illustrious, 10th January 1941. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Sergeant Lowther ROBINSON, aged 26 years, bachelor, RAF base Calafrana, the son of William Lancaster Robinson, married 12th November 1927 to Florence Elizabeth HALL, aged 22 years, spinster, the daughter of Noah Salmon Hall

 

RAF over Manoel Island 1929

Pilot Officer P.E.C. ROBINSON, 65572, a pilot with 105 Blenheim Squadron at Luqa airfield. On 17th September 1941 he took off to attack shipping off the south east coast of Tunisia heading for Tripoli. After attacking a heavily laden schooner, the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and burst into flames. The other two crew members, Observer Sergeant Brookes and Wireless Op./Air Gunner Sergeant Burrell also died

 

Miss ROBINSON, a Plotter with RAF Fighter Control No.8 Sector Operations Room based in Lascaris Bastion, Valletta in June 1942

 

Sergeant ROBSON, Wireless Op./Air Gunner with 105 Blenheim Squadron in August 1941

 

Flying Officer Cyril ROCHE, organised the ‘Raffians’ an entertainment troupe made up of RAF personnel and civilian girls

 

Flying Officer Hubert Jack ROE, 79153, Royal Air Force (V.R.). A Blenheim pilot with 105 Squadron, arrived at Luqa airfield in July 1941. On 15th August 1941, his aircraft was engaged on bombing shipping in Benghazi harbour. Flying low their bomb hit a tanker, but as they pulled away the wing tip struck the ship’s mast, and the aircraft crashed into the sea. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial at Floriana

 

Miss ROEBUCK, a Plotter with RAF Fighter Control No.8 Sector Operations Room based in Lascaris Bastion, Valletta in June 1942

 

Leading Aircraftsman John Walter ROLFE, aged 24 years, bachelor, RAF base Calafrana, the son of Walter Charles Rolfe, married 11th January 1935 to Myrtle Lillianne POTTER, aged 21 years, spinster, the daughter of Thomas George Potter, retired

 

Flight Lieutenant William Thomas Edward ROLLS DFC DFM, a member of 126 Squadron in August 1942

 

J.A. ROOPER, Lieutenant, Fleet Air Arm, died 11th June 1941, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Ark Royal

 

Flying Officer Peter K. ROPER, from Canada, Beaufort pilot with 39 Squadron, shot down on 20th August 1942, but survived and was taken as a Prisoner-of-War with his crew

 

Alan ROSE, born 24th November 1933, the son of Maud Victoria and Leading Aircraftsman Albert Edward Rose, of 8b Sacred Heart Promenade, Birzebuggia, LAC, RAF

 

Leading Aircraftsman Albert Edward ROSE, aged 24 years, bachelor, RAF station Hal Far, the son of Charlie Rose, married 22nd February 1933 to Maud Victoria HIDE, aged 22 years, spinster, of 262 Somers Road North, Fratton, Portsmouth, the daughter of Willie Thomas Hide

 

Sergeant Kenneth ROSS, 104 Squadron, crew member of a Vickers Wellington bomber. Six aircraft took off on a mission to bomb Catania, but only five arrived at the target. His aircraft was forced to return badly damaged and crashed near Qormi. He was killed in the crash, as well as three other crewmen, 29th May 1942

 

Sergeant A.D.M. ROUTH, Blenheim pilot with 107 Squadron. On a mission to bomb shipping in the Gulf of Sirte, 11th October 1941 his aircraft was damaged and crashed into the sea

 

Sergeant Lancelot Nelson ROWBOTHAM, a crewman on a Blenheim, of 82 Squadron, which crashed 19th/20th June 1941, killing all on board. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

L.A. ROYALL, Sub-Lieutenant (A), Fleet Air Arm, died 1st August 1941, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Ark Royal

 

Naval Airman A.S. RUSH, crew member of a Fulmar aircraft piloted by Lieutenant Robert Henley. In combat with enemy aircraft he was shot down into the sea close to the shore at Kalafrana, 18th January 1941. Sapper Spiro Zammit, Royal Engineers, immediately dived into the water and upon reaching him, kept him afloat until rescued by HSL 137. Zammit was awarded the British Empire Medal for his bravery

 

A.S. RUSH, Leading Airman, died 11th May 1941, of the Aircraft Carrier HMS Formidable

 

Pilot Officer John Kingley RUSSELL, pilot with 126 Squadron. On 25th January 1942, about 22 Hurricanes had taken off to escort two merchant ships, when they were attacked by German fighter planes and a major dog fight ensued. His aircraft went missing, and he presumed dead. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Sergeant N. RUSSELL, with 272 Beaufighter Squadron in November 1942

 

Mrs RUSTAGE, a Plotter with RAF Fighter Control No.8 Sector Operations Room based in Lascaris Bastion, Valletta in June 1942

 

Edward RUTLEDGE, Royal Canadian Air Force, Navigator with 69 Squadron in September 1942

 

Stanley Barrett RYAN, aged 36 years, bachelor, Control Officer, attached Royal Air Force, RAF station Luqa, the son of John Redman Ryan, married 16th September 1940, to Kathleen Alice FINLEY, aged 32 years, spinster, Royal Naval Nursing Sister, General Hospital Imtarfa, the daughter of Henry George Finley

 

Squadron Leader RYLEY, Sunderland flying boat pilot with 230 Squadron, in July 1940

 

Short Singapore III

J.M. SAINSBURY, LAM, Fleet Air Arm, died 12th August 1942, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Indomitable. His ship was part of the escort for Operation ‘Pedestal’ from Gibraltar. In the late afternoon twelve German Ju-87 aircraft attacked the carrier and she suffered serious damage from the bombs. One hit the forward AA gun positions killing more than twenty of the Royal Marines detachment. Another landed near the forward lift and penetrated the upper gallery deck and exploded above the main hangar deck. The wardroom was crowded with off-duty pilots and observers when it was wrecked by a bomb killing all the occupants. The ship survived the onslaught and headed for Gibraltar

 

Francesco SAIT, F54398, born 8th September 1888, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 27th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Flight Sergeant Stuart Rex SAMWAYS, 552093, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, with 105 Blenheim Squadron, arrived at Luqa airfield July 1941. On 15th August 1941, his aircraft was engaged on bombing shipping in Benghazi harbour. Flying low their bomb hit a tanker, but as they pulled away the wing tip struck the ship’s mast, and the aircraft crashed into the sea. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial at Floriana

 

Sergeant Cyril SANDERS, W.Op. in a Wellington arriving from Gibraltar en route to Hal Far airfield, but crashed into Kalafrana Bay, 15th June 1941. All the crew were killed

 

Flight Lieutenant Lester SANDERS, Spitfire pilot with 603 Squadron. On 8th July 1942 he with other aircraft from 603 Squadron he was engaged on chasing some German Ju-88 aircraft over Gozo, but on turning to return to base was attacked by German ME 109 fighters and shot down, crashing into the sea. The plane stayed afloat long enough for him to climb out, and he was rescued by a fishing boat. He returned to the U.K. shortly afterwards. He was killed over France towards the end of WWII

 

Denis SANDERSON, 21 years, bachelor, Senior Aircraftsman, Royal Air Force, RAF Luqa, the son of James George Sanderson, Engineer, married 22nd February 1958 to Phyllis Audrey Patricia FRANKLAND, 21 years, spinster, Children's Nurse, the daughter of John Sidney Frankland, Chef 

 

Sergeant G. SANDERSON, a Beaufort pilot with 39 Squadron in September 1942

 

Pilot Officer SANDERSON, pilot with 249 Squadron in October 1942

 

Sergeant J.S. SARGENT, a Blenheim Observer, with 82 Squadron. On 22nd June 1941 his aircraft was attacking an enemy convoy off the island of Lampedusa, but gunfire from the ships hit the pilot in both legs, and moments later the aircraft came under attack from an Italian fighter plane. Sergeant E.F. Chandler, the Gunner believed he shot down the fighter. From his injuries and loss of blood the pilot lapsed into unconsciousness from time to time, and Sergeant Sargent took over the controls and piloted the aircraft back to Malta. When over Malta Flight Lieutenant T.J. Watkins resumed as pilot and made a successful landing. He was subsequently awarded the DSO, and Sergeants Chandler and Sargent the DFM

 

Sub-Lieutenant W.C. SARRA, a Swordfish pilot with the Fleet Air Arm, in the first wave of attackers on the Italian Fleet anchored in Taranto Harbour 11th November 1940

 

Wing Commander William Arthur John SATCHELL DSO, Station Commander at Ta Kali airfield, until the end of April 1942. Retired as a Group Captain on 1st July 1956

 

Pilot Officer R.D. SAUNDERS, a Hurricane pilot, took off from the deck of HMS Ark Royal on 27th April 1941, to bring additional aircraft to Malta. On 11th June 1941 his aircraft was badly damaged by Italian fighters, but though wounded he managed to bale out into the sea, and was rescued by launch. He left Malta 8th August 1941

 

Alfredo SCARGEN, F54317, born November 1885, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 22nd March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Lieutenant N.J. SCARLETT, Royal Navy, a Swordfish Observer with the Fleet Air Arm, led the attack on the Italian Fleet anchored in Taranto Harbour 11th November 1940. Enemy gunfire caused the aircraft to crash into the harbour and he was taken as a Prisoner of War, together with his pilot Lieutenant-Commander Williamson

 

Flight-Sergeant Patrick Alfred SCHADE DFM, born in Malaya, fighter pilot with 126 Squadron in Summer 1942

 

Giorgio SCHEMBRI, F54397, born August 1878, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 27th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Giuseppe SCHEMBRI, F54282, born September 1882. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 5th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

 

RAF over Grand Harbour 1932

 

Calcidon SCIBBERAS, F54391, born December 1879, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 27th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Giuseppe SCIBBERAS, F54298, born November 1879 in Qormi. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 21st March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Alfonzo SCIBERRAS, F54309, born July 1889. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 21st March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Francesco SCIBERRAS, F54405, born May 1878, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 27th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Georgio SCIBERRAS, F54402, born April 1891, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 27th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Flight Lieutenant Dallas W. SCHMIDT, from Alberta, Canada, a Beaufighter pilot with 227 Squadron, operating from Ta Kali in November 1942. On Christmas Day 1942 he took off to attack enemy shipping off the Tunisian coast. They successfully located the target and went in for an attack. His Beaufighter was hit three times by enemy fire making the elevators, rudder and trims unserviceable. At a height of about twenty feet above the sea he headed for the coast of Tunisia and managed to slightly gain some height so turned the aircraft in the direction of Malta trying all the time to gain more height. He managed eventually to climb to around 7000 feet but with all his instruments not working and almost no controls, the plane would climb then dive uncontrollably.  He ordered his navigator, Sergeant Andrew Campbell to bale out, which he did landing in the sea about fifty-five miles from Malta, but wearing his Mae West lifejacket. With skilful manoeuvring the pilot managed to nurse the aircraft back to Malta and when over the island baled out of the stricken plane. His parachute brought him down to earth safely. The unmanned aircraft performed several acrobatic loops and turns before finally crashing to the ground. The navigator meanwhile was in the water for about two and a half hours before a searching Swordfish aircraft located him and dropped a rubber dinghy. A High Speed Launch picked him up and brought him into Kalafrana. The officers from 227 Squadron Mess interrupted their Christmas celebrations to go over to Kalafrana Bay and welcome him home. Dallas Schmidt’s tour of duty in Malta was over but he continued a service career. When he left the Royal Canadian Air Force he became a farmer, and later became the Minister of Agriculture for Alberta

 

Sergeant D.J. SCHMITZ, with 243 Squadron at Hal Far airfield in July 1943

 

Sergeant Ronald SCHOLEFIELD, Observer with 105 Blenheim Squadron, arrived at Luqa airfield in July 1941. On 22nd September 1941 he was with five other Blenheims attacking German Barracks on the North African Coast when in a tight turn a Blenheim piloted by Wing Commander Scivier flew too close beneath his plane which resulted in the propellers scything through the fuselage of the lower aircraft, which crashed killing all the crew. Sergeant Scholefield’s plane also sustained considerable damage and the pilot Sergeant Williams had to nurse the aircraft on a nerve-wracking 218 mile flight back to Luqa. Apart from the Observer, the Pilot and Wireless Op./Air Gunner Tuppen suffered considerable shock

 

Frank Snowden SCHOFIELD, aged 26 years, bachelor, Corporal, Royal Air Force, RAF HQ Valletta, the son of Harry Schofield, married 17th March 1938, to Alice WATSON, aged 24 years, spinster, Nurse, the daughter of Charles Henry Watson

 

Sergeant Lancelot Hood SCHULTZ, 411532, Royal Australian Air Force, of Yass, New South Wales, Australia. A Beaufighter pilot with 272 Squadron. Whilst attacking enemy shipping on 17th March 1943, his aircraft was shot down and he lost his life, together with his Navigator, Sergeant W.M. Wainwright. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial at Floriana

 

Wing Commander D.W. SCIVIER AFC, 43073, a Blenheim pilot with 105 Squadron at Luqa airfield. On 22nd September 1941 he was with five other Blenheims attacking German Barracks on the North African Coast when in a tight turn he flew too close beneath another Blenheim which resulted in the propellers of the upper plane scything through the fuselage of his aircraft, which crashed killing all the crew. The other aircraft piloted by Sergeant Williams also sustained considerable damage and had to be nursed on a nerve-wracking 218 mile flight back to Luqa. The other two crew members with Wing Commander Scivier, Flight Sergeant Barnett the Observer, and Sergeant Gray the Wireless Op./Air Gunner also lost their lives

 

Flight Sergeant L. Jim SCOTT, a Navigator with 227 Beaufighter Squadron in December 1942

 

Flight Sergeant Ronald John SCOTT, 904184, a Blenheim pilot with 105 Squadron, arrived at Luqa airfield in July 1941. On 26th August 1941 having completed their requisite number of sorties, Flight Sergeant Scott was ready to return to England and to be commissioned. However he and his crew were called upon to photograph and attack shipping off Tunisia. They successfully attacked the target but the aircraft was flying low and hit one of the masts and exploded, damaging the superstructure and disintegrating. Along with Flight Sergeant Scott, his Observer Sergeant Healy and Wireless Op/Air Gunner Sergeant Bastin were killed. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Ronald Edward SCURRAH, aged 22 years, bachelor, Motor Transport Fitter, Royal Australian Air Force, Hal Far, the son of Edward John Scurrah, married 25th May 1953, to Alice Lilian ALLEN, aged 22 years, spinster, Women’s Royal Naval Service, the daughter of Charles Leslie Allen

 

Squadron Leader W.T.C. SEARLE, Blenheim pilot with 110 Squadron. On the 9th July 1941 he was taking part in a raid on shipping in Tripoli harbour and force landed in the sea. There were no survivors

 

Corporal Reginald William SEARLES, aged 25 years, bachelor, RAF HQ Valletta, the son of William Walter Searles, married 12th September 1928 to, Kathleen Jane WALL, aged 25 years, spinster, of 14 Colville Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, the daughter of John Thomas Wall

 

Flight Sergeant J.R. SEDDON, pilot of a Beaufort aircraft of 39 Squadron. Whilst engaged on night time mine laying on 6th January 1943, they were shot down. The navigator Flight Sergeant Mather lost his life but the other three crew members became Prisoners-of-War

 

Sergeant Kenneth SEDDON, Navigator with 227 Squadron, shot down attacking enemy shipping on 27th August 1942 together with his pilot, Flight Sergeant O’Hara. Both men were killed

 

Wing Commander J.B. SELBY DSO DFC, took over as Commanding Officer of 23 Squadron, Royal Air Force station Luqa in April 1943

 

John Ash SELDON, aged 22 years, bachelor, Royal Air Force, the son of Norman Ash Seldon, married 3rd May 1943, to Beatrice Mary HOLBROOK, aged 28 years, spinster, Nursing Sister, the daughter of James Edward Holbrook

 

E. SERGEANT DSC, Sub-Lieutenant (A), RNVR, Fleet Air Arm, HMS St.Angelo, the Naval Shore Base, died 6th January 1943

 

Flight Lieutenant SEXTON, arrived at Luqa airfield from Hal Far in April 1942

 

Captain Robert E. SEXTON, 21st Engineer Aviation Regiment, was in charge of the construction of Gozo Airfield for the American Air Force in 1943. The Unit arrived from Tunisia on 6th June, work commenced on the 8th, and two runways were completed by the 20th June. On the 30th June 1943, three Squadrons of the USAAF arrived, 307, 308 and 309, of 31st Fighter Group under the command of Lieut-Colonel Fred M. Dean

 

Flight Lieutenant SEYMOUR, Controller, Kalafrana Control Room in February 1942

 

Flight Lieutenant Donald Charles SHARMAN, 335329, from Vancouver, Canada, a Beaufort pilot, with 86 Squadron in August 1941. Whilst attacking enemy shipping off Corfu, his aircraft was hit by enemy fire and with an engine on fire he crashed into the sea and was killed together with all the crew on 6th September 1942. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Joseph SHARP, aged 27 years, bachelor, Dispenser, R.A.F. Calafrana, the son of William Sharp, married 27th August 1932, to Lillian Jessie Amy MITCHELL, aged 27 years, spinster, the daughter of Thomas Percy Mitchell

 

Leading Aircraftsman William Walter SHARP, aged 22 years, bachelor, RAF base Calafrana, the son of Flight Sergeant William Sharp deceased, married 31st October 1931 to, Olive Enid WHITBREAD, aged 22 years, spinster, of 61 Hargrave Park, Highgate, London, the daughter of William Whitbread

 

Charles Francis SHARPLES, aged 26 years, bachelor, Transport Driver R.A.F., RAF station Kalafrana, the son of Charles Edwin Sharples, married 5th July 1938, to Edith Lennox BENNETT, aged 32 years, spinster, Dancer, 68 Strada Fosse, Floriana, the daughter of William Thomas Bennett

 

Flight Sergeant W.T. SHAVER, Royal Canadian Air Force, Blenheim pilot with 107 Squadron. Failed to return from a mission to attack transport on the Zuara – Benghazi road, 25th October 1941

 

John Crossley SHAW, the son of Edgar Chester and Ida Shaw, of Calafrana, Sergeant, R.A.F., born 9th July 1924

 

Corporal J. SHEPHARD, W.Op/Air Gunner, arrived in Malta 6th September 1940 to form 431 Flight, crew member for Maryland reconnaissance aircraft

 

Pilot Officer Douglas SHEPHERD, Vickers Wellington pilot, engaged in two sorties against Comiso aerodrome. During the second attack his plane was damaged by flak, but arrived back over Malta and crashed near Luqa, 13th August 1942. One crewman died in the crash, he sustained injuries, as did the other three crewmen

 

Flying Officer John SHEPHERD-SMITH, aged 24 years, bachelor, RAF, HMS Glorious, the son of Percy Whitbread Shepherd-Smith, married 18th November 1936 to, Pamela Agnes HUNTER-TOD, aged 22 years, spinster, of Ashley Green, Buckinghamshire, the daughter of Hunter Finlay Tod

 

Sergeant F.G. SHEPPARD, from Australia, a Hurricane pilot, took off from the deck of HMS Ark Royal on 27th April 1941, to bring additional aircraft to Malta. On 12th May 1941, he was a member of 185 Squadron that was formed at Hal Far

 

Sergeant SHERRINGTON, a pilot he flew a Spitfire off the American Aircraft Carrier USS Wasp in April 1942, but crashed into the sea before reaching Malta

 

Pilot Officer Dicky SHERWOOD, Spitfire pilot with 603 Squadron. On the 29th July 1942 he went to intercept an Italian seaplane, which then set down on the sea about a mile off shore. The occupants climbed out onto the wings and waved a white shirt. A launch came and towed the aircraft into St.Paul’s Bay. See Lieutenant Strever for the full story

 

K.R. SHIMMONS, W.Op/Air Gunner, RAF, died 3rd/4th September 1948. Soon after midnight Friday/Saturday, 3rd/4th September 1948, while exercising with units of the British and United States fleets, a Royal Air Force Lancaster TX263Q, of 38 Squadron based at Luqa RAF Station, went missing. An extensive search was undertaken by the Royal Navy, in company with the United States carrier USS Kearsarge and seven United States destroyers, plus an Italian corvette. American and Italian aircraft also participated in the search. Lieutenant Commander Pridham Wippel R.N., piloting a Seafire from HMS Triumph, sighted wreckage on a hilltop on Monte Cristo island, 25 miles south of Elba. The aircraft carrier put a landing party ashore after the location of the wreckage had been confirmed, but found that there were no survivors. The bodies of the seven man crew were recovered, and buried at sea from the aircraft carrier HMS Triumph on the Sunday afternoon, 5th, with full military honours

 

Wing Commander D. Ross SHORE AFC, appointed Commander of 227 Beaufighter Squadron at Luqa Royal Air Force base on 20th August 1942

 

Sergeant O. SHUFFLEBOTHAM, Observer with 105 Blenheim Squadron, arrived at Luqa airfield in July 1941

 

C.V. SHUTE, Sub-Lieutenant (A), RNVR, Fleet Air Arm, HMS St.Angelo, the Naval Shore Base, died 17th March 1942

 

Wing Commander P.H.A. SIMMONS DFC, took command of 105 Blenheim Squadron at Luqa in October 1941

 

Sergeant P.S. SIMPSON, from Australia, arrived July 1941 and joined 126 Squadron. Whilst attacking Comiso on 12th November 1941 he was shot down into the sea, but rescued by the Italians and taken prisoner

 

R.G. SKELTON, Lieutenant (A), a Swordfish pilot with the Fleet Air Arm. Took off from HMS Illustrious in the second wave of attackers on the Italian Fleet anchored in Taranto Harbour 11th November 1940. Died 10th January 1941, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Illustrious. Whilst on convoy protection duty the ship came under attack from German Ju-87 and Ju-88 aircraft, and was hit six times in a ten minute period. Extensively damaged and still on fire the crippled ship managed to get into Grand Harbour and dock at the Parlatorio Wharf. More than 210 members of the crew were killed or wounded

 

Sergeant Dudley SKINNER, a crew member of a Shackleton aircraft which crashed on 12th February 1954, killing all the men on board

 

Lieutenant H.J. SLAUGHTER, Fleet Air Arm, Swordfish Observer, on HMS Illustrious in the second wave of attackers on the Italian Fleet anchored in Taranto Harbour 11th November 1940, but failed to return. The records in Italy say that the plane crashed near the cruiser Gorizia, and that the pilot Lieutenant Bayley’s body was found the next day, but that of his Observer Lieutenant Slaughter was never found

 

Master Navigator Charles Hugh Peter SLOAN, a crew member of a Shackleton aircraft which crashed on 12th February 1954, killing all the men on board

 

Pilot Officer C.F. SLUGGETT, Hurricane pilot, took off from an aircraft carrier for Malta and arrived 12th November 1941, with 242 Squadron. Shot down on 25th January 1942. He managed to bale out, but was injured and taken to Imtarfa Hospital, the pilot-less aircraft crashed near Qrendi

 

Flight Lieutenant Raymond SLY, 402260, a pilot he flew a Spitfire off the American Aircraft Carrier USS Wasp, but made a crash landing on reaching Malta and died 9th May 1942

 

Flying Officer Albert SMALLWOOD, a crew member of a Shackleton aircraft which crashed on 12th February 1954, killing all the men on board

 

Graham Adrian SMART, 22 years, bachelor, Flying Officer, Royal Air Force, RAF Luqa, the son of Cyril Christopher Smart, Printer, married 11th September 1959 to Jane Helen GRIFFITHS, 21 years, spinster, Air Hostess, the daughter of John Ernest Griffiths deceased, Lieut-Colonel, Royal Army Service Corps

 

Leading Aircraftsman Frank SMETHURST, aged 25 years, bachelor, RAF base Calafrana, the son of Fred Smethurst, married 25th November 1933 to, Lily Mary Elizabeth THOMAS, aged 25 years, spinster, the daughter of Robert Charles Thomas

 

Sergeant Arthur T. SMITH, 968337, Wireless Op./Air Gunner, was a crew member of the Wellington bomber R1094. About half an hour before midnight on the 3rd November 1940 a Flight of Wellington bombers prepared to take off from Luqa airfield each carrying a full load of bombs on a mission to attack the city of Naples.

The fourth aircraft (R1094) lost height soon after take off and crashed onto the roof of a house at Dun Mario Street, Qormi, bursting into flames, and also setting the house on fire. The house was on the edge of a quarry and part of the burning aircraft fell into the quarry, carrying with it some of the crew.

Rescue workers heard moaning from below and when volunteers were called for to go down into the blazing wreckage Police Constable Carmel Camilleri put himself forward. He was lowered into the quarry and saw that two men were dead but managed to tie a rope around the badly injured Sergeant Arthur Smith who was hauled up to safety, but did not survive his ordeal.

For his bravery No.347 PC Carmel Camilleri was awarded the George Medal. Three other crew members lost their lives that night, Sergeant Philip Forrester, Sergeant David Rawlings, and Sergeant Thomas Woor, as well as two civilians, Fredu Agius and his wife Dolores who lived in the house with their children. 

One Royal Air Force man survived, Sergeant Douglas Palmer, and the couple's five children who were asleep in another bedroom were rescued.

About half an hour earlier Wellington T2743 from the same Flight also failed to gain height and crashed shortly after take off

 

Remains of the Wellington bomber and houses in Qormi 4th November 1940

 

Miss Carmel SMITH, a Plotter with RAF Fighter Control No.8 Sector Operations Room based in Lascaris Bastion, Valletta in June 1942

 

Flying Officer Douglas SMITH, from Canada. Beaufighter pilot, joined 252 Squadron beginning of December 1941

 

Sergeant D.C. SMITH, a Hurricane pilot, took off from the deck of HMS Ark Royal on 27th April 1941, to bring additional aircraft to Malta

 

Sergeant E. SMITH, Observer with 105 Blenheim Squadron, arrived at Luqa airfield in July 1941

 

Sergeant F.M. SMITH, 636422, serving at Kalafrana RAF Base, killed 18th April 1942

 

Michael SMITH, R.A.F., of Rotherham, Yorkshire, the son of Edward and Margaret Smith, married 5th October 1958, to Maria Melita SULTANA, of Luqa, the daughter of Joseph and Veneranda Sultana

 

Peter Frederick SMITH, born 2nd January 1930, the son of Charlotte Duncan and Corporal Stanley Frederick Smith, RAF base Calafrana

 

Pilot Officer George Vivian SMITH, arrived July 1941 and joined 249 Squadron. Died 4th September 1941. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Flight Lieutenant H.S. SMITH, became Commanding Officer of 683 Squadron, at Royal Air Force base Luqa on 1st October 1943

 

Corporal Herbert Victor SMITH, aged 27 years, bachelor, RAF base Calafrana, the son of Carl Rudolph Smith, married 5th May 1926 to Maria Theresa GELLEL, aged 26 years, spinster, the daughter of Carmelo Gellel

 

J.R. SMITH, Leading Airman, Fleet Air Arm, HMS St.Angelo, the Naval Shore Base. Whilst attacking an enemy convoy, his Swordfish aircraft was shot down, and he died 25th June 1941, together with his pilot Sub-Lieutenant D.A.R. Holmes

 

Leading Aircraftsman Walter Sandaveer SMITH, aged 26 years, bachelor, RAF station Hal Far, the son of William Arthur Smith, married 4th September 1934 to Mabel MANN, aged 23 years, spinster, of Aylesham, Canterbury, Kent, the daughter of Isaac Mann

 

William Royston SMITH, 636720, Sergeant, R.A.F. He displayed courage and high devotion to duty during the intense and almost continuous enemy air attacks on the aerodrome in Malta at which he served. He was awarded the British Empire Medal in July 1942

 

Squadron Leader Bryan W. SMITHERS, from South Africa, a Blenheim pilot with 105 Squadron, arrived at Luqa airfield in July 1941

 

M.F. SOMERVILLE DSC, Lieutenant, Fleet Air Arm, died 8th May 1941, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Ark Royal

 

Pilot Officer H.C. SORENSON, 66535, Observer with 105 Blenheim Squadron, arrived at Luqa airfield in July 1941. On 15th August 1941, his aircraft was engaged on bombing shipping in Benghazi harbour. Their bomb hit a tanker, but as they pulled away they were hit by gunfire from the ships and exploded

 

Flying Officer John Sydney SOUTHWELL, a Hurricane pilot, arrived 17th March 1941 to join 261 Squadron. He was killed five days later when he was shot down

 

Flight Sergeant Robert Hay SOUTTER, 986081, Royal Air Force (V.R.), a Navigator with 272 Beaufighter Squadron. He was taking part in a raid at El Aouina in Tunisia, when the aircraft was shot down. He died together with his pilot Flight Lieutenant Bale, 14th November 1942. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

G. SPALDING, Sub-Lieutenant, died 14th June 1942, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Argus, whilst escorting the Convoy ‘Harpoon’

 

Miss SPANTON, a Plotter with RAF Fighter Control No.8 Sector Operations Room based in Lascaris Bastion, Valletta in June 1942

 

Lieutenant P.D.J. SPARKE DSC, Royal Navy, a Swordfish pilot with the Fleet Air Arm, in the first wave of attackers on the Italian Fleet anchored in Taranto Harbour 11th November 1940. He died 11th May 1941, whilst serving on the aircraft carrier HMS Formidable

 

Herbert Leonard SPARKS, 750469, Corporal, R.A.F.V.R. He was a clerk in a Malta R.A.F. station orderly room for more than two years, and carried out his duties under very difficult conditions. During March and April 1942 the orderly room twice sustained severe damage during heavy air attacks by the enemy. He assisted in removing documents without thought of his personal safety. After one attack he returned to his office to remove documents while a large unexploded bomb was within 50 yards of the building. Shortly afterwards the bomb exploded and destroyed the building. One night in July, 1942, he was an occupant of a tent when another tent only five yards away received a direct hit by an anti-personnel bomb. Although injured in five places by bomb splinters, he crawled back into his tent which was on fire in an effort to extinguish the flames and rescue a companion who had been killed. Before he was taken to hospital he attempted to rescue another occupant of the tent who was injured. His bravery was rewarded with the British Empire Medal in April 1943

 

Sergeant J.W. SPENCE, 4010658, aged 29 years, from Loughborough, killed in an air crash on 18th February 1956. See ALLBERRY for details

 

Sergeant J.A. SPENCER, aged 31 years, from Dagenham, Essex, killed in an air crash on 18th February 1956. See ALLBERRY for details

 

Married 15th December 1943, Robert Charles SPENCER, Captain, American Air Force, to Doreen Winefride DILLEY

 

Sergeant Dennis SPIBEY, 535526, 138 Squadron, died in an aircrash 17th December 1942. See Major Lord A.A.B. APSLEY for details

 

Antonio SPITERI, F54354, born December 1889, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 23rd March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Domenico SPITERI, F54343, born September 1898, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 22nd March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Emanuele SPITERI, F54340, born January 1900, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 22nd March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Emmanuele SPITERI, F54341, born September 1889, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 22nd March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Sergeant Richard Alfred SPYER, 745513, flew a Hurricane off the aircraft carrier HMS Argus, in the early hours of 17th November 1940. His aircraft ran out of fuel about 40 miles short of Malta, and fell into the sea. He managed to bale out, and was rescued by a Sunderland flying boat. With 261 Squadron, he was shot down into the sea, 22nd March 1941. His body was not recovered. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

F.A. SQUIRES, AM2, Fleet Air Arm, died 12th August 1942, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Indomitable. His ship was part of the escort for Operation ‘Pedestal’ from Gibraltar. In the late afternoon twelve German Ju-87 aircraft attacked the carrier and she suffered serious damage from the bombs. One hit the forward AA gun positions killing more than twenty of the Royal Marines detachment. Another landed near the forward lift and penetrated the upper gallery deck and exploded above the main hangar deck. The wardroom was crowded with off-duty pilots and observers when it was wrecked by a bomb killing all the occupants. The ship survived the onslaught and headed for Gibraltar

 

Francis Hector SQUIRES, aged 25 years, bachelor, Leading Aircraftsman, Wireless Operator, Royal Air Force, 72 Strada Mercato, Valletta, the son of Francis Squires, married 1st December 1937, to Joyce Mabel MOULE, aged 21 years, spinster, Nurse, 32 Ghar Id Dud, Sliema, the daughter of George Frederick Searle Moule

 

Hugh Shelley STAMMWITZ, 651142, Flight Sergeant. The Malta aerodrome where he was stationed was under attack by about 50 enemy bombers one evening in March 1942. Due to the large number of bombs dropped a number of fires were started. In particular a petrol bowser, an aircraft and an ammunition lorry which were close together were on fire. Despite the heavy bombing which was continuing Flight Sergeant Stammwitz together with Corporal Barkas immediately went to the scene. They managed to quench the flames using up all the available fire extinguishers. His courage was rewarded by the British Empire Medal in June 1942

 

Deckhand STAMP, serving on Search and Rescue launch HSL 137, in August 1938 at Kalafrana RAF base

 

Pilot Officer Peter Howard STANDFAST, 89357, a Blenheim pilot with 105 Squadron, arrived at Luqa airfield in July 1941. On 15th August 1941, his aircraft was engaged on bombing shipping in Benghazi harbour. Their bomb hit a tanker, but as they pulled away they were hit by gunfire from the ships and exploded. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial at Floriana

 

Sergeant STANIER, Navigator with 107 Blenheim Squadron in October 1941

 

Flying Officer Guy P. STANTON, a Beaufighter pilot with 248 Squadron. He was shot down in the sea on 21st August 1942, but managed to get into his rubber dinghy. He was taken as a Prisoner-of-War together with his Navigator Flying Officer Bryson

 

Sergeant STEAD, pilot with 249 Squadron in October 1942

 

Pilot Officer D.J. STEADMAN, Hurricane pilot, arrived first week of June 1941

 

William Arthur STEALEY, born 25th March 1924, the son of Rose Emma and Sergeant-Major Edward Stealey, RAF Calafrana

 

Sergeant Archibald STEELE, Hurricane pilot with 185 Squadron. On 31st March 1942 whilst pursuing a German Ju-88 aircraft he was shot down by enemy Me-109 fighter, near Marsaxlokk

 

Pilot Officer Edward Elmer STEELE, an American. A Hurricane pilot, arrived September 1941 and joined 126 Squadron. Shot down over Grand Harbour and died 19th December 1941. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Ronald George STENHOUSE, 575544, Sergeant, Air Radio Fitter, Royal Air Force. He served in Malta from 1941 to 1944. At Luqa RAF Station working on Blenheims and Beaufighters, then at Calafrana where there were Heinkels used to transfer spies to Sicily/Italy. Later he was in the special radio section at Siggiewi

 

Warrant Officer II John Mathieson STEPHEN, R/69397, Royal Canadian Air Force, of Capreol, Ontario, Canada. A Beaufighter pilot with 227 Squadron, operating from Ta Kali, after attacking enemy shipping his aircraft crashed into the sea and he was killed 13th November 1942 together with his Navigator Sergeant Whear. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial at Floriana

 

Squadron Leader STEPHENS, pilot with 249 Squadron in October 1942

 

1st Lieutenant George STEPHENS, Spitfire pilot, 308 Squadron, USAAF, crashed into the sea and was killed whilst attempting to land at Gozo airfield in July 1943

 

Stephen Albert STEPTO, 1211303, Leading Aircraftman. He was employed as a member of the airfield clearance party at Malta airfield for several months. He performed his duties with the greatest zeal, often displaying complete disregard for his personal safety when clearing runways whilst enemy attacks on the airfield were still in progress. For his bravery he was awarded the British Empire Medal in December 1942

 

Corporal W. STEVEN, aged 22 years, from Provanmill, Glasgow, killed in an air crash on 18th February 1956. See ALLBERRY for details

 

J.R.O. STEVENSON, Lieutenant, Fleet Air Arm, HMS St.Angelo, the Naval Shore Base, died 30th January 1942

 

Pilot Officer James STEVENSON, Spitfire pilot, 126 Squadron, in combat with enemy aircraft, crashed into a field near Gharghur, and killed, 18th October 1942

 

Flight Lieutenant Raymond John STEVENSON, the pilot of a Shackleton aircraft that crashed on 12th February 1954, killing all the men on board

 

Arthur STEWART, aged 20 years, bachelor, Pilot, R.N.A.S., HMS Theseus, the son of John William Stewart, married 12th April 1952, to Anne Averill BARROW, aged 20 years, spinster, Telegraphist, Women’s Royal Naval Service, the daughter of George Averil Barrow

 

J. STEWART, Leading Airman, Fleet Air Arm, died 12th August 1942, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Victorious. Whilst escorting the ‘Pedestal’ Convoy his ship came under attack from enemy aircraft

 

Flight Lieutenant Donald W.A. STONES DFC, Hurricane pilot, arrived 19th July 1941 and joined 249 Squadron. On 9th November 1941, at around 22.00 just after he had taken off and reached a height of around 400 feet the engine stopped dead. He successfully got out of the aircraft and parachuted down to earth near Zebbieh. A member of the Malta Night Fighter Unit when it was formed at Ta Kali in July 1941. In December 1941 the M.N.F.U. was re-named 1435 Squadron

 

Miss STORACE, a Plotter with RAF Fighter Control No.8 Sector Operations Room based in Lascaris Bastion, Valletta in June 1942

 

Sergeant J. STOREY, Observer with 105 Blenheim Squadron, arrived at Luqa airfield in July 1941

 

Lieutenant Edward T. STREVER, South African Air Force, from Klerksdorp, South Africa. On 28th July 1942, a Beaufort of 217 Squadron captained by Lieutenant Strever was engaged on attacking Italian Merchant shipping off Southern Greece, when the aircraft was hit by fire from a British destroyer. The pilot ditched the aircraft and the crew took to the dinghy from where they were picked up by an Italian floatplane and taken to Greece as prisoners. Next morning they were taken on board an Italian floatplane which was to fly them to Italy for interrogation and imprisonment. During the flight they managed to overpower the Italian crew and when the island of Sicily was sighted they forced the Italian pilot to change course towards Malta. Spitfires attacked the plane, and Lieutenant Strever ordered the pilot to touch down on the sea, which they did about two miles off shore. An Air Sea Rescue Launch HSL 107 from Kalafrana came out to them and towed the plane. An old Brooke motorboat took over from HSL107 and took the plane to St.Paul’s Island, where the five Italian crew members and the four airmen were taken ashore. The other three airmen were Pilot Officer W.M. DUNSMORE, Royal Air Force, from Maghull, near Liverpool, Sergeant J.A. WILKINSON, Royal New Zealand Air Force from Auckland, and Sergeant A.R. BROWN Royal New Zealand Air Force of Timaru

 

Sergeant G.A. STROUD, Hurricane pilot with 249 Squadron, arrived on Malta 21st May 1941

 

Pilot Officer W.R.C. SUGDEN, Hurricane pilot at Hal far July 1940

 

Sergeant O.C. SUMMERS, Blenheim pilot with 18 Squadron, failed to return from patrol, 26th December 1941

 

Frank Charles SUMNER, aged 26 years, bachelor, Flight Lieutenant, Royal Air Force, R.N.A.S. Ta Kali, the son of Cecil Minnet Sumner, married 5th October 1949, to Jean HARDING, aged 20 years, spinster, the daughter of Alexander William Harding

 

Leading Aircraftsman Hyman SUMRAY. During darkness in the evening of 8th March 1942 a Wellington bomber of No. 37 Squadron R.A.F., was taxiing down the runway at Luqa RAF Station when it collided with a Wellington of the same Squadron which was just taking off from the same runway in the opposite direction. Both aircraft burst into flames and the bombs and mines which had been fitted to both aircraft began exploding. However, some ground staff rushed to the scene in an attempt to rescue men from the stricken aircraft. They managed to help seven injured men to safety, whilst three died in the crash, and one crewman was uninjured. For his bravery he was awarded the George Medal, together with three other members of the R.A.F., Squadron Leader Robert Hill, Flight Lieutenant Ernest Williams, and Leading Aircraftsman Cyril Boarman 

 

Corporal Max SURMAN, RAF Fighter Control Room, Lascaris Bastion, in 1942

 

Died 5th June 1936, Flying-Officer J.A. SUTHERLAND, when his Vildebeeste aircraft, of 22 Squadron, based at Hal Far airfield, crashed

 

Sergeant J.R. SUTHERLAND, a Hurricane pilot, with 185 Squadron at Hal Far, early July 1941

 

Lieutenant A.W.F. SUTTON, Fleet Air Arm, Swordfish Observer on HMS Illustrious, in the second wave of attackers on the Italian Fleet anchored in Taranto Harbour 11th November 1940

 

Flying Officer Warren SUTTON DFC, Royal Canadian Air Force, from Gibsland, Louisiana, U.S.A. Wellington Bomber crew with 69 Squadron in 1942/1943

 

2nd Lieutenant SWALES, pilot in July 1942

 

Pauline SWANNIE, born 1st June 1932, the daughter of Irene May and Sergeant Arthur Edward Swannie, of 35 St.Georges Bay, Birzebuggia, RAF Calafrana

 

Lieutenant H.A.I SWAYNE, Royal Navy, a Swordfish pilot, Fleet Air Arm, in the first wave of attackers on the Italian Fleet anchored in Taranto Harbour 11th November 1940. His torpedo struck the Italian battleship Littorio on the port side shortly after receiving one the starboard side, causing her to settle nose first onto the harbour floor. It was five months before the ship was back in service

 

M. SWITHINBANK, Sub-Lieutenant (A), RNVR, Fleet Air Arm, HMS St.Angelo, the Naval Shore Base, died 7th February 1942

  

TSR Swordfish ranged on the flight deck of HMS Ark Royal

Corporal W.G. TALBOT, 4401881, aged 21 years, from Didcot, killed in an air crash on 18th February 1956. See ALLBERRY for details.

 

N.E. TALLACK, PO Airman, Fleet Air Arm, died 10th January 1941, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Illustrious. Whilst on convoy protection duty the ship came under attack from German Ju-87 and Ju-88 aircraft, and was hit six times in a ten minute period. Extensively damaged and still on fire the crippled ship managed to get into Grand Harbour and dock at the Parlatorio Wharf. More than 210 members of the crew were killed or wounded

 

Arthur J. King TALLOWIN, Corporal, 540010, Royal Air Force, accidentally killed 21st October 1937, aged 24 years

 

Corporal Gerald Thomas TALMAGE, aged 21 years, bachelor, RAF base Kalafrana, the son of Thomas Talmage, married 22nd June 1940 to, Jessie QUINTON, aged 35 years, spinster, the daughter of William Richard Quinton

 

Emanuele TANTE, F54384, born December 1892, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 27th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Luigi TANTI, F54412, born October 1872, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 27th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

G. TAPP-SMITH, Leading Airman, Fleet Air Arm, died 10th January 1941, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Illustrious. Whilst on convoy protection duty the ship came under attack from German Ju-87 and Ju-88 aircraft, and was hit six times in a ten minute period. Extensively damaged and still on fire the crippled ship managed to get into Grand Harbour and dock at the Parlatorio Wharf. More than 210 members of the crew were killed or wounded

 

Mrs TAYLOR, a Plotter with RAF Fighter Control No.8 Sector Operations Room based in Lascaris Bastion, Valletta in June 1942

 

Anthony Thomas Robert TAYLOR, Royal Air Force, from Cambridge, the son of Thomas and Violet Pauline Taylor, nee Lewis, married 24th April 1960 to Doreen Freda YOUNG, of Paceville, the daughter of Andrew George and Mary Ann Young, nee Camilleri

 

C.G. TAYLOR, Sub-Lieutenant (A), RNVR, Fleet Air Arm, HMS St.Angelo, the Naval Shore Base, died 2nd December 1942

 

Flying Officer Frederick Frank TAYLOR DFC, 70821, of 261 Squadron. Shot down into the sea, 26th February 1941. His body was not recovered, but his Mae West was found floating in the water. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Flight Sergeant J. TAYLOR, with 105 Blenheim Squadron in August 1941

 

Leading Aircraftsman Jim TAYLOR, of 3231 RAF Servicing Commando Unit, was killed together with Leading Aircraftsman Ernie Nuttall, when a Spitfire pilot, 1st Lieutenant Edward Fardella, of 308 Squadron, USAAF, collided with the wreck of a Spitfire, at Gozo Airfield, July 1943

 

Corporal Leonard Henry TAYLOR, aged 28 years, bachelor, RAF base Calafrana, the son of Leonard Taylor deceased, married 16th September 1937 to, Violet Rebecca Isobel TORRENS, aged 28 years, spinster, of 12 Little James Street, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, the daughter of Thomas Torrens deceased

 

Group Captain M.L. TAYLOR, appointed Station Commander at Hal Far airfield, 3rd June 1941

 

R.J. TAYLOR, AM1, Fleet Air Arm, died 10th January 1941, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Illustrious. Whilst on convoy protection duty the ship came under attack from German Ju-87 and Ju-88 aircraft, and was hit six times in a ten minute period. Extensively damaged and still on fire the crippled ship managed to get into Grand Harbour and dock at the Parlatorio Wharf. More than 210 members of the crew were killed or wounded

 

Samuel George TAYLOR, aged 25 years, bachelor, Pilot, Royal Air Force, The Sergeants Mess Kalafrana, the son of John Solomon Taylor, married 14th December 1937, to Joan Marian ALLEN, aged 18 years, spinster, the daughter of John Edgar Allen

 

Wing Commander W.L. TAYLOR AFC, took over command of Hal Far airfield on 29th April 1936, and at the end of July it resumed being a Fleet Air Arm base

 

Pilot Officer Donald A. TEDFORD, an American. A Hurricane pilot, arrived September 1941 and joined 249 Squadron, at Ta Kali

 

Miss TEELING, a Plotter with RAF Fighter Control No.8 Sector Operations Room based in Lascaris Bastion, Valletta in June 1942

 

Alarie Ernest TEMPLE, born 16th November 1924 the son of Lillian and Sergeant Sydney Temple, of RAF Calafrana

 

George Douglas TEMPLE, born 27th January 1923, the son of Lilian and Sergeant Sidney Temple, RAF, of 1 St.Michael Street, Birzebuggia

 

Flight Lieutenant TENNANT, a Maryland reconnaissance pilot in August 1941

 

Wing Commander TENNANT, Commanded 69 Squadron at Luqa in 1942

 

Sergeant Leslie H. TESTER, Air Gunner with 39 Beaufort Squadron in September 1942. Whilst attacking enemy shipping off the coast of Corfu on 6th September 1942 his aircraft was damaged by enemy fighters. The Wireless Operator, Sergeant McIllaney was wounded, whilst he received wounds to his arm and knee by shrapnel and bullets. First Aid was given to them by the Navigator Sergeant Grant. The plane had been hit in the hydraulics, flaps, tail assembly and turret, but the pilot Flight Sergeant Watlington, managed to fly it back to Luqa and made a safe landing

 

Pilot Officer Donald TETFORD, of 249 Squadron, missing after being attacked by ME 109’s in Spring 1942

 

Pilot Officer James Dinsmore TEW, Hurricane pilot, took off from aircraft carrier for Malta, 12th November 1941, but landed wheels up at Hal Far, damaging the aircraft. An American from Florida, and Harvard graduate. Died 1st arch 1942. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Pilot Officer D.J. THACKER, a Hurricane pilot, arrived last week of January 1941. An ex-Battle of Britain pilot. His aircraft was badly damaged by German fighters 12th February 1941, and crashed into the sea. He suffered shrapnel wounds but managed to bale out into St.Pauls Bay, was rescued by launch, and taken to hospital

 

Sergeant THOMAS, with 69 Squadron in September 1941

 

RAF over Senglea

A. THOMAS, 1079226, Sergeant, Air Gunner, 37 Squadron R.A.F., injured on 8th March 1942. In the dark the Wellington bomber D.V. 483 of which he was a crew member, was just taking off from the runway at Luqa RAF Station when it collided with Wellington bomber Z.9038 which was taxiing down the same runway in the opposite direction. Both aircraft burst into flames and rescue attempts were hampered by exploding bombs and mines which had been fitted to both aircraft. He was taken from the scene to No. 90 General Hospital, at Imtarfa

 

A.G. THOMAS, 613301, Sergeant, Pilot, No. 37 Squadron R.A.F., injured 8th March 1942. In the dark his Wellington bomber Z.9038 was taxiing down the runway at Luqa RAF Station when it collided with Wellington D.V. 483 which was just taking off from the same runway in the opposite direction. Both aircraft burst into flames and rescue attempts were hampered by exploding bombs and mines which had been fitted to both aircraft. He was taken from the scene to No. 45 General Hospital, at St. Patrick's Barracks, Pembroke

 

Warrant Officer G. McG. THOMAS, a member of 227 Beaufighter Squadron, did not return from flying duty on 20th January 1943, but was taken as a Prisoner-of-War

 

Group Captain J.E. THOMAS DFC, appointed Station Commander at Luqa Royal Air Force base on 18th June 1942, and left on 14th September 1942

 

Group Captain J.G.H. THOMAS DFC, took over as Station Commander at Hal Far, 17th April 1942, until the end of May

 

R.A. THOMAS, Sub-Lieutenant (A), RNVR, Fleet Air Arm, HMS St.Angelo, the Naval Shore Base, died 6th February 1942

 

Pilot Officer A.R.F. THOMPSON, Hurricane pilot with 249 Squadron, arrived on Malta 21st May 1941. A member of the Malta Night Fighter Unit when it was formed at Ta Kali in July 1941. In December 1941 M.N.F.U. was re-named 1435 Squadron

 

Beverley Ernest THOMPSON, born 22nd February 1932, the son of Vera Elsie and Corporal Frederick Thompson, of 9 Victoria Street, Birzebuggia. Baptised by RAF Chaplain, the Reverend A.R.A.Watson, at St.Michaels Church Calafrana

 

Sergeant Keith THOMPSON, W.Op/Air Gunner, in a Vickers Wellington engaged in two sorties against Comiso aerodrome. During the second attack his plane was damaged by flak, but arrived back over Malta and crashed near Luqa, 13th August 1942. One crewman died in the crash, he sustained injuries, as did the other three crewmen

 

Air Commodore J.M. THOMPSON CBE DSO DFC+Bar AFC, took the position of Station Commander at Hal Far airfield, on 16th December 1942. In Wing command at Luqa airfield of 126 and 1435 Squadrons till May 1943. Appointed back to Hal Far as Station Commander from 23rd November 1943

 

Flight Lieutenant Peter THOMPSON, 185 Squadron. On 25th January 1942, about 22 Hurricanes had taken off to escort two merchant ships, when they were attacked by German fighter planes and a major dog fight ensued. His aircraft was badly damaged, but he managed to bale out successfully

 

Pilot Officer P.D. THOMPSON, a Hurricane pilot, took off from the deck of HMS Ark Royal on 27th April 1941, to bring additional aircraft to Malta. On 6th May 1941 he was engaged with other Hurricanes in a battle with German fighters. His aircraft was damaged but he managed to land, though suffering from a splinter wound in his leg. On 12th May 1941, he was a member of 185 Squadron that was formed at Hal Far. Retired from the Royal Air Force in 1975

 

Pilot Officer Peter John Alfred THOMPSON, a Hurricane pilot, took off from the deck of HMS Ark Royal on 27th April 1941, to bring additional aircraft to Malta. Joined 261 Squadron. On 13th May 1941 he was shot down by German fighters and killed. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Leading Airman W.E.J. THOMPSON, in a Swordfish of 830 Squadron that failed to return from a raid on Tripoli, 18th March 1941

 

Wireless Operator THOMPSON, crew member of Search and Rescue launch HSL 137 in August 1938 at Calafrana R.A.F. Station

 

Frederick THRIPP, 611006, Sergeant, Wireless Op./Air Gunner with 110 Squadron.  On 18th July 1941 six Blenheims took off to attack a power station in Tripoli. His aircraft No.Z9582 was seen to have made direct hits on the target, but was attacked by Fiat CR42 Italian fighters and crashed into the sea. The Observer was Sergeant Kenneth Tucker, and the pilot Wing Commander Theodore M. Hunt DFC. All three men lost their lives and their bodies were never recovered. He was 20 years old

 

L.F. TICKNER, Lieutenant, Fleet Air Arm, died 14th June 1942, on board the Aircraft Carrier, HMS Eagle

 

Reade TILLEY DFC, and American served with the RAF in summer 1942

 

Major Don TILLEY, from South Africa, a Beaufort pilot with 39 Squadron in January 1943

 

Flight Sergeant John Douglas TIMMS, 580630, Observer with 105 Blenheim Squadron, arrived at Luqa airfield in July 1941. On 15th August 1941, his aircraft was engaged on bombing shipping in Benghazi harbour. Flying low their bomb hit a tanker, but as they pulled away the wing tip struck the ship’s mast, and the aircraft crashed into the sea. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial at Floriana

 

Sergeant William John TIMMS, 740209, Hurricane pilot, flew his plane off the deck of HMS Argus on 2nd August 1940, and landed at Luqa to increase the number of aircraft to defend the island. With 261 Squadron.  On 11th January 1941 he took off from Ta Kali, but when he had to bale out he was at a too low altitude, his parachute didn’t open and he was killed

 

Pilot Officer John TIPTON, an Observer with 40 Squadron flying Wellingtons. At the airfield waiting to take off on the night of 19th December 1941 a number of Wellingtons were strafed by am enemy fighter. All the crew in his aircraft were injured, and exploding bombs damaged other nearby planes

 

Aircraftsman W.C. TITHERINGTON, 1236550, serving at Kalafrana RAF Base, killed 24th March 1942

 

Sergeant A.G. TODD, a Hurricane pilot, arrived last week of January 1941

 

Sub-Lieutenant R.S. TODD, Fleet Air Arm observer, in a Fairey Albacore, which crashed shortly after take off from Hal Far. He was killed in the crash, and his body taken out of the aircraft by Private Sutton, Private Downs, L/Cpl Williams and L/Cpl Winsor, all 2nd Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment, 19th June 1942. His pilot Sub-Lieutenant Jordan, was injured and the soldiers rescued him

 

Miss Priscilla TOMLIN, a Plotter with RAF Fighter Control No.8 Sector Operations Room based in Lascaris Bastion, Valletta in June 1942

 

Miss Rosemary TOMLIN, a Plotter with RAF Fighter Control No.8 Sector Operations Room based in Lascaris Bastion, Valletta in June 1942

 

Lieutenant F.M.A. TORRENS-SPENCE, Fleet Air Arm, Swordfish pilot on HMS Illustrious, in the second wave of attackers on the Italian Fleet anchored in Taranto Harbour 11th November 1940

 

Geoffrey Richard TOULL, 28 years, bachelor, Officer, Royal Air Force, RAF station Safi, the son of Ernest Sidney Toull, Army Officer retired, married 13th June 1960 to Constance Jennifer OLDING, 23 years, spinster, Telephone Operator, the daughter of Walter Godfrey Olding, Tea Planter retired 

 

Flight Sergeant D.J. TOWGOOD, from New Zealand, with 243 Squadron in July 1943 at Hal Far

 

Sheila Evelyn TOWNSON, born 10th June 1922, the daughter of Elizabeth Evelyn and Sergeant George Townson, RAF, of 18 St. George’s Bay, Birzebuggia

 

Stewart George TOWNSON, born 9th April 1924, the son of Elizabeth Evelyn and Flight Sergeant George Townson,  RAF

 

Flight Sergeant J.H. TRANTER, a member of 252 Squadron, on 10th May 1941 his aircraft was believed to have been shot down by a German Ju-88, since it failed to return

 

Corporal Oliver TRENHOLME, RAF Fighter Control Room, Lascaris Bastion, in 1942

 

Lloyd Allan TRIGG, 413515, Flying Officer, V.C., D.F.C., Royal New Zealand Air Force, 200 Squadron, died 11th August 1943. The London Gazette of 29th October 1943 gives particulars of the operation for which Flying Officer Trigg was awarded the Victoria Cross:

Flying Officer Trigg had rendered outstanding service on convoy escort and anti-submarine duties. He had completed his operational sorties and had invariably displayed skill and courage of a very high order. One day in August 1943, he undertook as Captain and Pilot a patrol in a Liberator although he had not previously made any operational sorties in that type of aircraft. After a search of eight hours duration a surfaced U-boat was sighted. Flying Officer Trigg immediately prepared to attack. During the approach the aircraft received many hits from the submarine’s anti-aircraft guns and bust into flames. Flying Officer Trigg could have broken off the engagement and made a forced landing in the sea; but if he continued the attack every second spent in the air would diminish his chances of survival. There could have been no hesitation or doubt in his mind. In spite of the precarious condition of his aircraft he maintained his course and executed a masterly and devastating attack. A short distance further on the Liberator dived into the sea with the gallant captain and crew. The U-boat sank within 20 minutes and some of her crew were picked up later in a rubber dinghy that had broken loose from the Liberator. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Sergeant TRIGGS, Beaufighter pilot, joined 252 Squadron beginning of December 1941

 

Frederick Dan TROTT, aged 28 years, bachelor, Leading Aircraftsman, Royal Air Force, RAF station Kalafrana, the son of Frederick Foard Trott, married 14th June 1937, to Catherine Ada BEAN, aged 23 years, spinster, from Charlton in Dover, the daughter of Henry Bean

 

Flight Lieutenant A.J. TRUMBLE, Hurricane pilot, flew his plane off the deck of HMS Argus on 2nd August 1940, and landed at Luqa to increase the number of aircraft to defend the island. In December 1940 he was made C.O. of 261 Squadron till February 1941. Retired from the Royal Air Force in 1956

 

Lieutenant L.C. TUCK, RNVR, died March 1955, when the Sea Hornet fighter plane he was piloting crashed. Though rescued his injuries were severe and he died later in hospital

 

Kenneth Charles TUCKER, 755162, Sergeant, Observer with 110 Squadron.  On 18th July 1941 six Blenheims took off to attack a power station in Tripoli. His aircraft No.Z9582 was seen to have made direct hits on the target, but was attacked by Fiat CR42 Italian fighters and crashed into the sea. The other crew members were the pilot Wing Commander Theodore M. Hunt DFC, and Wireless Op./Air Gunner Frederick Thripp. All three men lost their lives and their bodies were never recovered. He was 20 years old

Sergeant Kenneth Charles Tucker

Sergeant Allan F. TUPPEN, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, with 105 Blenheim Squadron, arrived at Luqa airfield July 1941. On 22nd September 1941 he was with five other Blenheims attacking German Barracks on the North African Coast when in a tight turn a Blenheim piloted by Wing Commander Scivier flew too close beneath his plane which resulted in the propellers scything through the fuselage of the lower aircraft, which crashed killing all the crew. Sergeant Tuppen’s plane also sustained considerable damage and the pilot Sergeant Williams had to nurse the aircraft on a nerve-wracking 218 mile flight back to Luqa. The pilot, Sergeant Williams and the Observer, Sergeant Scholefield, also suffered considerable shock    

 

Miss TURK, a Plotter with RAF Fighter Control No.8 Sector Operations Room based in Lascaris Bastion, Valletta in June 1942

 

Miss TURNER, a Plotter with RAF Fighter Control No.8 Sector Operations Room based in Lascaris Bastion, Valletta in June 1942

 

Sergeant TURNER, Blenheim pilot, with 105 Squadron in August 1941

 

Squadron Leader Percival Stanley TURNER, born in England, but brought up in Canada. Joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, and took over command of 249 Squadron on 22nd February 1942, based at Ta Kali. In April he was taken off flying duty and moved to Fighter Control Room in Valletta until September when he left for Egypt

 

W.P. TUTTLE, Leading Airman, Fleet Air Arm, HMS St.Angelo, the Naval Shore Base, died 23rd March 1942

 

Sergeant Gordon TWEEDALE, 185 Squadron. During his first sortie in a Spitfire he crashed in Saviour Street, Lija, and was killed 9th May 1942. His plane also killed a Maltese Gunner, in the Royal Malta Artillery who was in the street

 

Sergeant E.P. TWINAME, a Beaufort pilot with 39 Squadron in March 1943

 

Sergeant W.H. TWIST, Blenheim pilot with 110 Squadron. On the 9th July 1941 he was taking part in a raid on shipping in Tripoli harbour when the aircraft was shot down. He was taken prisoner together with the other crew members

 

Guy TYRRELL, Station Commander at Ta Kali airfield in June 1943

 

L.W. TYRRELL, AM1, Fleet Air Arm, died 11th August 1942, on board the Aircraft Carrier, HMS Eagle. Whilst providing part of the escort for the ‘Pedestal’ Convoy, they came under attack by enemy aircraft, E-boats and submarines. About 1 p.m. his ship was hit on the port side by four torpedoes fired by the German U-boat U-73.  The sea was calm, but as the ship keeled over, the Swordfish aircraft on the flight deck slid into the water, and the ship disappeared in a matter of about eight minutes. Some of the crew were rescued by other ships in the Fleet, but over 150 men lost their lives

 

Group Captain F.H. TYSON, appointed Station Commander, Royal Air Force base Luqa on 29th October 1943, until 1st July 1944 when he left to become Station Commander at Hal Far until 28th August

 

Flight Sergeant Harold TYSON, Royal Air Force, died on board HMS Illustrious, 10th January 1941. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Bristol Beaufort

Flying Officer Peter Louis UNDERWOOD, a Beaufighter Pilot with 227 Squadron in August 1942. On 14th October 1942 whilst attacking the German merchant ship Trapani off the North African coast he flew too low and hit the ship’s mast causing the plane to crash into the sea. He was killed together with his Navigator Sergeant Miller. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

 

HMS Ark Royal with Swordfish circling overhead

  

Pilot Officer Peter VALACHOS, from Canada. A Wellington pilot in January 1941

 

Sergeant B.J. VARDY, flew a Hurricane off HMS Ark Royal, 3rd April 1941 to increase the number of aircraft on Malta. On 12th May 1941, he was a member of 185 Squadron that was formed at Hal Far

 

Flight Lieutenant Leonard A. VAUGHAN DSO DFC, 78666, 138 Squadron, died in an air crash 17th December 1942. See Major Lord A.A.B. APSLEY for details

 

Pilot Officer Peter John Bryan VEITCH, 60088, Hurricane pilot, joined 185 Squadron in July 1941. On 4th October 1941 his aircraft was seen to dive into the sea off Benghisa Point, and he was killed, aged 19 years. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial at Floriana

 

Aircraftsman A. VELLA, 776680, serving at Kalafrana RAF Base, killed 23rd June 1942

 

Francisco VELLA, F54268, born July 1883. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 5th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Aircraftsman 2nd Class Gavino VELLA, RAF Fighter Control Room, Lascaris Bastion, in 1942

 

Giuseppe VELLA, F54325, born 5th February 1891, painter. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 22nd March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Lucio VELLA, F54365, born December 1879, shoemaker. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 25th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Salvatore VELLA, F54385, born August 1885, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 27th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Flying Officer H. VERITY, pilot of Bristol Beaufighter that arrived from England via Gibraltar on 1st May 1941, with twelve others

 

William VERNON, aged 28 years, bachelor, Air Mechanic, Royal Air Force, of RAF base Calafrana, the son of William Vernon, married 7th April 1925, to Ivy May JOHNS, aged 28 years, spinster, the daughter of William Johns

 

Sergeant Harry VICKERS, Blenheim pilot with 18 Squadron. Whilst taking part in a mission to attack an enemy convoy in the Gulf of Sirte, his aircraft was shot down by fire from escort destroyers, 5th November 1941. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Flight Sergeant Vincent Ronald VIGNAUX, Royal Air Force, died on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Illustrious, 10th January 1941. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

 

Sergeant John VINALL, Spitfire pilot, 185 Squadron. Amongst 40 spitfires scrambled that morning to meet German and Italian bombers with fighter escort. Shot down by the enemy and killed, 12th October 1942 

 

Flying Officer N.E.H. VIRGIN, pilot of Bristol Beaufighter that arrived from England via Gibraltar on 1st May 1941, with twelve others

 

Sergeant Anthony William VIVIAN, Navigator with 227 Beaufighter Squadron. Died on 6th September 1942 whilst attacking enemy shipping off the coast of Corfu. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial in Floriana

  

Supermarine Spitfire

Flight Lieutenant John WADDINGHAM, pilot of Bristol Beaufighter, 89 Squadron. One of two planes airborne was obliged to return early. The AA guns on Malta were on ‘Guns Tight’, i.e. shoot at aircraft when identified, but the gunsite on the run into Luqa was still on ‘Guns Free’, i.e. could fire at any aircraft. They fired at the returning  Beaufighter, so the pilot decided go around again, but with insufficient height he was forced to crash land. Men of the Royal Artillery arrived quickly at the scene and saw the observer inside the burning aircraft, and managed to get him out. Although badly burnt he survived. The pilot had already got out of the top hatch sustaining only a few burns, but died later that night from shock, 26th September 1942

 

Sergeant Peter WAGHORN, 745800, flew a Hurricane off HMS Ark Royal, 3rd April 1941 to increase the number of aircraft on Malta. Joined 261 Squadron. Shot down by German aircraft 11th April 1941, his plane crashed near St.Pauls Bay and he was killed

 

Sergeant William Ackroyd WAINWRIGHT, 1435595, Royal Air Force (V.R.). A Beaufighter Navigator with 272 Squadron. Whilst attacking enemy shipping on 17th March 1943, his aircraft was shot down and he lost his life, together with his Pilot Sergeant L. H. Schultz. Remembered on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial at Floriana

 

Sergeant WALCOTT, an American with 603 Squadron. The pilot of a Spitfire which flew off the American Aircraft Carrier USS Wasp in April 1942 destined for Malta, but instead he deliberately flew into North Africa. After belly landing the aircraft on the slopes of the Atlas Mountains he sought out the U.S. Consul and claiming to be a civil pilot was repatriated

 

Lieutenant Brookes WALFORD, a member of 830 Squadron, Royal Navy, September 1940

 

Sergeant G.A. WALKER, flew a Hurricane off HMS Ark Royal, 3rd April 1941 to increase the number of aircraft on Malta

 

Henry Norman WALKER, 400312, Sergeant, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, Royal Australian Air Force, serving with No. 37 Squadron R.A.F., killed on 8th March 1942. In the dark the Wellington bomber D.V. 483 of which he was a crew member, was just taking off from the runway at Luqa RAF Station when it collided with Wellington bomber Z.9038 which was taxiing down the same runway in the opposite direction. Both aircraft burst into flames and rescue attempts were hampered by exploding bombs and mines which had been fitted to both aircraft. Aged 23 years, the son of Daisy Jeanette and Henry Montague Walker, Burwood, Victoria, Australia 

 

Sergeant WALKER, a Hurricane pilot, 261 Squadron. On 7th May 1941 two planes from 261 Squadron collided, and he managed to bale out before his aircraft plunged into the sea. The other pilot Sergeant Henry Jennings, died when his aircraft crashed near Gharghur

 

Peter Arnold WALLIS, aged 26 years, bachelor, H.T.D., Royal Australian Air Force, R.A.A.F Ta Qali, the son of John Dennington Wallis, married 30th September 1953, to Irene Angela NAUGHTIN, aged 22 years, spinster, the daughter of Walter Francis Naughtin

 

Sydney Ronald WELCH, aged 32 years, bachelor, Airman, Royal Air Force, RAF station Kalafrana, the son of Martin James Welch, married 2nd October 1937, to Madge Alexandra FRASER, aged 20 years, spinster, from Ruislip, Middlesex, the daughter of Alfred Arthur Fraser

 

Alan Frank WHITE, aged 21 years, bachelor, Corporal, Royal Air Force, RAF station Luqa, the son of Percy James White, married 15th December 1951, to Barbara HOLLAND, aged 21 years, spinster, Leading Wren, the daughter of John Clifford Holland

 

Eric Douglas George WHITE, 657081, Sergeant, Royal Air Force, a pilot with 23 Squadron based at Luqa, died 26th April 1943 on a mission over southern Sicily. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George White, of Tottenham, London

 

John Henry WHITEHORN, 1211341, Leading Aircraftman. He was a despatch rider and carried out his duties during the long period of continuous air attacks by the enemy on Malta. Though he was injured on two occasions whilst delivering messages, he has continued. His courage and determination contributed to the high standard of morale amongst his fellow airmen. He was awarded the British Empire Medal in June 1942

 

Flight Lieutenant Ernest WILLIAMS. During darkness in the evening of 8th March 1942 a Wellington bomber of No. 37 Squadron R.A.F., was taxiing down the runway at Luqa RAF Station when it collided with a Wellington of the same Squadron which was just taking off from the same runway in the opposite direction. Both aircraft burst into flames and the bombs and mines which had been fitted to both aircraft began exploding. However, some ground staff rushed to the scene in an attempt to rescue men from the stricken aircraft. They managed to help seven injured men to safety, whilst three died in the crash, and one crewman was uninjured. For his bravery he was awarded the George Medal, together with three other members of the R.A.F., Squadron Leader Robert Hill, Leading Aircraftsman Cyril Boarman and Leading Aircraftsman Hyman Sumray 

 

H. WILLIAMS, 1050931, Sergeant, No. 37 Squadron, R.A.F., Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, injured 8th March 1942. In the dark the Wellington bomber Z.9038 of which he was a crew member, was taxiing down the runway at Luqa RAF Station when it collided with Wellington D.V. 483 which was just taking off from the same runway in the opposite direction. Both aircraft burst into flames and rescue attempts were hampered by exploding bombs and mines which had been fitted to both aircraft. He was taken from the scene to No. 45 General Hospital, at St. Patrick's Barracks, Pembroke

 

John William WILLIAMS, the son of Herbert Edward and Frances Levina Williams, Royal Air Force Station Ta Kali, baptised 6th October 1942

 

Audrey Ruth WILLIS, born 13th July 1924, the daughter of Alice Louisa and Leading Aircraftsman William Willis, Royal Air Force

 

Thomas Robert WOOR, Sergeant, 744940, Observer, was a crew member of the Wellington bomber R1094. About half an hour before midnight on the 3rd November 1940 a Flight of Wellington bombers prepared to take off from Luqa airfield each carrying a full load of bombs on a mission to attack the city of Naples.

The fourth aircraft (R1094) lost height soon after take off and crashed onto the roof of a house at Dun Mario Street, Qormi, bursting into flames, and also setting the house on fire. The house was on the edge of a quarry and part of the burning aircraft fell into the quarry, carrying with it some of the crew.

Rescue workers heard moaning from below and when volunteers were called for to go down into the blazing wreckage Police Constable Carmel Camilleri put himself forward. He was lowered into the quarry and saw that two men were dead but managed to tie a rope around the badly injured Sergeant Arthur Smith who was hauled up to safety, but did not survive his ordeal.

For his bravery No.347 PC Carmel Camilleri was awarded the George Medal. Three other crew members lost their lives that night, Sergeant Philip Forrester, Sergeant David Rawlings, and Sergeant Arthur Smith, as well as two civilians, Fredu Agius and his wife Dolores who lived in the house with their children. 

One Royal Air Force man survived, Sergeant Douglas Palmer, and the couple's five children who were asleep in another bedroom were rescued.

About half an hour earlier Wellington T2743 from the same Flight also failed to gain height and crashed shortly after take off

 

Emanuel XERRI, F54360, born January 1878, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 23rd March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Miss Catherine (Kay) XUEREB, a Plotter with RAF Fighter Control No.8 Sector Operations Room based in Lascaris Bastion, Valletta from 1941 to 1945. She married and became Mrs. CUSSINS

 

Pilot Officer J.W. YARRA DFM, Royal Australian Air Force, fighter pilot with 185 Squadron

 

Flying Officer YATES, pilot with 249 Squadron in October 1942

 

Squadron Leader R.G. YAXLEY M.C., pilot of Bristol Beaufighter that arrived from England via Gibraltar on 1st May 1941, with twelve others

 

Sergeant YORKE, Observer, joined 105 Blenheim Squadron from 107 Squadron in August 1941

 

J.B. YOUNG, AM, Fleet Air Arm, died 10th January 1941, on board the Aircraft Carrier HMS Illustrious. Whilst on convoy protection duty the ship came under attack from German Ju-87 and Ju-88 aircraft, and was hit six times in a ten minute period. Extensively damaged and still on fire the crippled ship managed to get into Grand Harbour and dock at the Parlatorio Wharf. More than 210 members of the crew were killed or wounded

 

Leading Aircraftsman James Laurence YOUNG, aged 25 years, bachelor, RAF base Calafrana, the son of James Young, married 23rd December 1936 to, Katherine Phyllis DEBANKE, aged 24 years, spinster, of 53 Knox Road, Wellingborough, Northants, the daughter of Mark Anthony Debanke

 

AC1 R. YOUNG, 4130204, aged 20 years, from Aberdeen, killed in an air crash on 18th February 1956. See ALLBERRY for details.

 

 

TSR Swordfish ranged on the flight deck of HMS Ark Royal

 

Gaetano ZAHRA, F54294, born Valletta 12th October 1879, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 8th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Salvatore ZAHRA, F54297, born July 1881. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 21st March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Giovanni ZAMMIT, F54308, 13th June 1878, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 22nd March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Giuseppe ZAMMIT, F54347, born December 1870, painter. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 23rd March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Giuseppe ZAMMIT, F54319, born November 1897, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 8th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Giuseppe ZAMMIT, F54291, born April 1891. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 21st March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Luigi ZAMMIT, F54395, born 5th February 1883, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 27th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Luigi ZAMMIT, F54330, born November 1883, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 22nd March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Paulo ZAMMIT, F54357, born March 1889, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 23rd March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Paulo ZAMMIT, F54266, born February 1892. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 5th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Paulo ZAMMIT, F54267, born February 1887. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 5th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Salvo ZAMMIT, F54273, born February 1879. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 5th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Vincenzo ZAMMIT, F54305, born December 1874, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 21st March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Giuseppe ZAMMUT, F54408, born March 1882, painter. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 27th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Michele ZARAFA, F54387, born August 1874, labourer. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service on 27th March 1918. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service was amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF

 

Flight Sergeant O.F. ZIELINSKI, a Polish airman serving with the Royal Air Force, died in an aircrash 17th December 1942. See Major Lord A.A.B. APSLEY for details

HMS Ark Royal with Swordfish circling overhead

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