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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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Names

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HICKEY, Dudley John

Service number 405907
Flying Officer
No. 272 Squadron (RAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 8 Apr 1915

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LUCAS, Kenneth Tudor Rodwell

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

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