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R.A.F.

R.A.F. in Siggiewi 1959

Malta - Luqa - 1978

RAF T'Qali Malta - 1959

The colour is marched bact to the squadron already at the present arms

2 Field Sqdn at RAF T'Qali Malta 1959

Up to 20th April 1942 the RAF had never been able to put more than about 10 fighters in the air at one time.  This was usually a mixed force of Spitfires and Hurricanes and was hopelessly outnumbered by the enemy fighters.  


On 20th of this month [came] the arrival of 47 more Spitfires.  Despite this large addition only a fraction of this number appeared to take to the air at any one time.  The reason for this was that there was insufficient protection on the ground when they arrived and the enemy bombers were able to knock out a large number in this way.  

This deficiency in aircraft pens the Infantry have since been working hard to remedy.  The RAF experienced serious difficulties in maintenance due to the bombing of their Malta, 1942.


Pilot Officer G.Beurling flew this aircraft scoring four victories (19th-22th) - two Bf-109s destroyed on 25th September 1942 plus one damaged, and two again destroyed on 10th October 1942. Typical Mediterranean camouflage scheme of Dark Earth-Mid Stone-Azure Blue. Ahead of the cockpit bears the marks of 20 black crosses representing his number of kills until then -kind of misleading since at least half of them were scored against Italian aircraft. The single letter 'T' stands for 'Tiger', the radio call sign for 249 Squadron

These huts were part of RAF Ta' Qali, Malta

The huts are still in use as shops in Ta'Qali Crafts Village