Malta: Courage and the George Cross

01 Nov
“To honour her brave people I award the George Cross to the Island fortress of Malta to bear witness to a heroism and devotion that will long be famous in history.”  King George VI, 15 April 1942.
Valletta, April 1942 (NWMA Malta)
Welcome to MaltaGC70, set up to mark the 70th anniversary of the award of the George Cross to the Island of Malta.
From 1 November 2011 day by day, hour by hour, you can follow the ordeal faced by this tiny Island and its people 70 years ago, as the siege of Malta unfolded.   
Taken from original War Diaries, photographs and other official documents as well as journals and memories of those who were there, MaltaGC70 tracks the course of enemy bombing raids as they increase in frequency and ferocity, until the tiny Island becomes the most bombed place on earth.  RAF and Royal Navy logs show Malta on the offensive, as this island fortress plays its central role in the Allied victory in the Mediterranean.
Personal recollections show how the courage and resilience of the Maltese civilians and their military defenders earned Malta the George Cross on 15 April 1942.  MaltaGC70 celebrates the 70th anniversary of that well-deserved award in 2012.

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Posted by on November 1, 2011 in Malta: War Diary


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11 responses to “Malta: Courage and the George Cross

  1. Tim Sutherland

    February 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    An excellent website. Good luck Here is my family connection to Malta during WWII. At very sad loss but we are also very proud of him.
    Tim Sutherland (

    400150 Pilot Officer MAYALL, John Milburn
    Source :
    AWM 237 (65) NAA : A705, 163/422/311 (Digitised)
    Commonwealth War Graves records
    Aircraft Type: Hurricane
    Serial number: Z 2819
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: ATTD 126 SQN RAF
    Hurricane Z2819 flown by PO Mayall scrambled to intercept enemy aircraft on 10th
    March 1942. The aircraft was shot down and crashed near the Elementary School, Attard,
    at approx 10.50am local time. PO Mayall was killed, the aircraft being burnt out and a
    total loss.
    Crew :
    RAAF 400150 PO Mayall, J M (Pilot)
    PO Mayall is buried in the Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery, Malta. The Cemetery is
    about 2kms south east of Rinella, a bay and hamlet opposite Valletta, across the mouth of
    the Grand Harbour and on the southern outskirts of the village of Kalkara.

    • maltagc70

      February 2, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      Thank you for sharing your family’s connection to Malta in World War 2. PO Mayall will be remembered in the daily diary for 10th March. ED

  2. Brian Fare

    March 4, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Excellent site, keep up the good work! Just thought i’d let you know about a prize draw that I’m running for the Malta George Cross 70th Anniversary and the proceeds will be donated to the Royal Air Forces Association and Malta Red Cross. Please see my website for details.

  3. Pierre Lagacé

    December 5, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Reblogged this on 249 Squadron RAF and commented:
    An amazing blog about Malta during WII

  4. gpcox

    December 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Learning something everyday.


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