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Location Floriana, Malta
Type memorial
Description

Ir-Re Dwardu VII, Floriana, Malta.

The Malta Memorial is situated in the area of Floriana and is easily identified by the Golden Eagle, which surmounts the column. The memorial is located to the south side of the Triton Fountain at the entrance to Malta's capital city, Valletta.

There are 2,297 airmen who lost theirs lives during the Second World War whilst serving with the Commonwealth Air Forces flying from bases in Austria, Italy, Sicily, islands of the Adriatic and Mediterranean, Malta, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, West Africa, Yugoslavia and Gibraltar, and who have no known grave.

They helped to guard and to keep open certain of the most vital sea routes linking the various countries. In gaining mastery in the air, the men commemorated here sacrificed themselves.
The Memorial is built on a site provided by the Government of Malta.

The Memorial takes the form of a column, 15 metres high, of Travertine marble from Trivoli in the Sabine Hills near Rome. It is carved with a light netted pattern and surmounted by a gilded bronze eagle 2.4 metres high. The column stands on a circular base around which the names are inscribed on bronze panels.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan. 22/5/2016. Lest we forget. (some text via Wikipedia and persons on Flikr).

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Built The memorial was designed by Sir Hubert Worthington, R.A., while the eagle which surmounts the column is the work of the sculptor Charles Wheeler, R.A.
Opened 3 May 1954 by Unveiled by The Queen
Inscription

At the base of the column itself, a bronze panel bears the following inscription:

"OVER THESE AND NEIGHBOURING LANDS AND SEAS THE AIRMEN WHOSE NAMES ARE RECORDED HERE FELL IN RAID OR SORTIE AND HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE MALTA GIBRALTAR MEDITERRANEAN ADRIATIC TUNISIA SICILY ITALY YUGOSLAVIA AUSTRIA PROPOSITI INSULA TENAX TENACES VIROS COMMEMORAT"

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DICKSON, Colin Kenneth

Service number 407414
Warrant Officer
No. 458 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 16 Dec 1915

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SIMPSON, James McKenzie

Service number 402026
Sergeant
Born 3 Nov 1920

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EATON, Roger Leigh

Service number 410471
Flight Sergeant
No. 142 Squadron (RAF)
Royal Air Force (WW2)
Born 21 Aug 1918

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SEDGLEY, Bryant Frederick

Service number 416618
Flight Sergeant
No. 40 Squadron (RAF)
Royal Air Force (WW2)
Born 17 Feb 1923

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GORDON-GLASSFORD, Terence Harry

Service number 402658
Flying Officer
Born 1915

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PATERSON, James Everest

Service number 414825
Flight Sergeant
Born 21 Dec 1921

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LUCAS, Kenneth Tudor Rodwell

Service number 411503
Flight Sergeant
No. 37 Squadron (RAF)
Royal Air Force (WW2)
Born 1 Mar 1919

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JONES, Trevor William Robert

Service number 407687
Flight Sergeant
No. 104 Squadron (RAF)
Royal Air Force (WW2)
Born 20 Jan 1922

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