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Malta Triq is-Sajf, SPB2601 Bugibba, Saint Paul’s

5562 aircrafts of this type were involved in World War II, primarily in the Middle and Far East. Their main tasks included escorting marine convoys and ensuring port security. After the war, they flew even until 1960. Beaufighter, which rests today in the waters around Malta, belonged to 272 Squadron operating in this region. On 17 March 1943, just after completing the escort, the plane began to spin rapidly and lose speed. In the absence of the possibility to return to the airport, the crew landed on the water, and everyone was saved owing to the rapid rescue from the land. The plane slowly sank into the sea at a depth of 38m in the vicinity of St. Julian. It is lying upside down on the sandy bottom. The whole aircraft is almost intact, though it is partially hidden in the sand. There are engines, wheels, and all the rest ready to be admired by divers.

Difficulty level DEEP
Depth max. 38m

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