World War II Aircraft
A total of 5,562 aircraft of this type were deployed during World War II, primarily in the Middle and Far East. Their primary missions involved escorting marine convoys and ensuring port security. Even after the war, they continued to serve until 1960. The Bristol Beaufighter, which now rests in the waters surrounding Malta, belonged to the 272 Squadron operating in this region.
On 17th March 1943, shortly after completing an escort mission, the aircraft began to rapidly spin and lose speed. Unable to return to the airport, the crew made an emergency landing on the water. Thanks to a swift rescue operation from the shore, all crew members were saved. Subsequently, the plane slowly sank into the sea at a depth of 38 meters near St. Julian. It now rests upside down on the sandy seabed. The entire aircraft remains largely intact, though partially covered by sand. Divers have the opportunity to admire the engines, wheels, and other remnants of this remarkable aircraft.