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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

Last additions - Ivan
Battle scar178 views"Sergeant Gordon Tweedale of 185 Squadron [was] shot down and killed in his first sortie in a Spitfire. Tweedale’s Spitfire ... crashed in Lija ... . The scarred wall of a building on the corner of Saviour Street, damaged by the Spitfire in the final moments of its terminal dive, remains a poignant reminder... ."
Text from Air Battle for Malta by Anthony Rogers, published by Greenhill Books, c/o Pen & Sword Books Ltd.
Picture courtesy of Google Street View; screenshot taken November 2019.
IvanJan 17, 2020
Triton Fountain 2151 viewsFor those who are unaware of the livecam on the roof of The Phoenicia I have been trying unsuccessfully to include a link here, but if you Google "Live Cam Floriana - The Triton Fountain" you will find it. There are other views, too - Tigne, St George's Square, Grand harbour etc.IvanOct 27, 2019
Triton Fountain 1131 viewsNot quite sure which album to put this in, but Then and Now seems appropriate as we are all no doubt familiar with how the area around the fountain used to look, and here it is now. The shot is a screen grab from the livecam mounted on top of The Phoenicia. What an improvement! And with a new twist on the selfie, that's my wife and I sitting on the low wall, bottom right. IvanOct 27, 2019
The Pit, entrance tunnel428 viewsAfter attempts in 2013 and 2017 and again last week (October 2019) I still can’t get full access to The Pit. Nice people running the military bookshop, but won’t allow me to go down as they have lots of artefacts stored there pending refurbishment to make a museum. However at least I got further than last time. The sloping tunnel remains very familiar, although the steps and smooth concrete sidewalks were not there when we opened the place in summer 1965.1 commentsIvanOct 26, 2019
39 Squadron RAF, in Italy (2)318 viewsVilla Franca Verona, mid-1960s. Members of the Photographic Section on the way out to one of their Canberra PR9s. Interesting to see examples in the background of the Aeronautica Militaire's equivalent reconnaissance aeroplane - Republic RF-84F Thunderflash. IvanMar 29, 2015
39 Squadron RAF, in Italy399 viewsInteresting though it has been, Prefect, to learn about the Algerine Class of minesweepers, it must be time for another aeroplane. Here is a 39 Squadron Canberra PR9 from Luqa on detachment to Villa Franca, Verona, in the mid 1960's. Back of the photograph is stamped " 3A Aerobrigata" (Aeronautica Militaire). Not sure if the aircrew are arriving or departing. 1 commentsIvanMar 27, 2015
RAF Luqa SNCO Wives Club tour of a 38 Sqdn Shackleton, 1965 or 66394 viewsThe officer in sunglasses is clearly amused by the result of the playful breeze. Unlike the airman on the right who appears highly fed-up.1 commentsIvanJan 02, 2015
A (vivid) memory of Mdina476 viewsThis is Casa Mdina, Wesgha Ta’ Sant’ Agata, Mdina. This is where our Eng Lit master lived. He invited his Upper 6th class one evening for a literary soiree (his phrase, not mine), and whilst readings were being delivered to and by the guests I recall having a cosy time on this balcony with a young lady. My Eng Lit A-level grade was not good…1 commentsIvanNov 25, 2014
Dining-in Night259 viewsRecent posts about the Sergeant's Mess at RAF Luqa 2 Site reminded me of this photo. Unknown Warrant Officer on the left; centre is F/Sgt Ron Commons DFM, right is F/Sgt Hugh Grundy.IvanNov 21, 2014
Another of Luqa 2 Site (June 2012)489 viewsAfter 10 minutes of cajoling the AFM guard at the entrance opposite the station church he decided he couldn't let me in, so this was taken from outside the perimeter. Our flat was the one in the middle, although it didn't have a glazed-in veranda in 1965/66. McDonalds - who'd have thought it...?IvanOct 14, 2014
RAF Luqa, mid-1960s384 viewsOfficers from the Italian Aeronautica Militare being shown around the Photographic Section. The Primo Capitano with the fag looks as though he would be more at home as a member of the cast of "The Sopranos".IvanSep 12, 2013
Valletta 1966449 viewsNice official RAF shot of the cityIvanSep 12, 2013
Paradise Bay, Spring 1965758 viewsSteve Commons (suitably dressed for the beach in white shirt and cravat...!), meets Geoff Milton, Paul Jenner and (truncated) Mick Gillham part-way through their DoE Award (?Gold) hike.2 commentsIvanSep 12, 2013
HM the Queen visits Malta 1967 © 451 viewsIvanSep 10, 2013
HM the Queen visits Malta 1967 © 441 viewsIvanSep 10, 2013
HM the Queen visits Malta 1967 © 374 viewsIvanSep 10, 2013
HM the Queen visits Malta 1967 © 416 viewsIvanSep 10, 2013
Bighi mid-1960s469 viewsNice shot of St Angelo, Kalkara Creek & Bighi. Interesting to compare this with a Google view. Spent good afternoons at Nigel Vaughan's house (his father was a Surgeon Lieutenant-Commander at Bighi). Wonderful garden with many fruits. Not there now - a marina instead! Google Map.2 commentsIvanSep 09, 2013
Luqa Primary School 1966. 621 viewsTaken from the verandah of our flat.IvanSep 08, 2013
Barbara Murphy & Ann Dennison, 1965 or 66831 viewsIvanSep 07, 2013
RAF Luqa main gate, believed 1966389 viewsIvanSep 07, 2013
The Gut 2012 © 450 viewsStrait Street - altogether a more wholesome place now.IvanSep 05, 2013
Ghajn Tuffieha Bay 2012491 viewsSee Prefect's earlier pic of Ghajn Tuffieha and his remark about the steps. Not content with that, last time there we hiked to the small cave to the left just below the summit of the plateau, then on to Gnejna Bay. Believe me, those steps were a killer on the way back!1 commentsIvanAug 22, 2013
39 Squadron, RAF LUQA728 viewsThis may be optimistic at a file size of 216kb, but if you can zoom in enough there may be one or two fathers that can be recognised.1 commentsIvanFeb 15, 2013
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