Memorial Service
3rd March, 2014
The 3/11 Regiment Royal Malta Artillery (T) Association, in
collaboration with Birżebbuġa...
20th
July 1942, six brave soldiers of the 10th
Battery, 30LAA Regiment, Royal Malta Artillery,
lost their lives on a Bofor...
3/11 Regiment Royal Malta Artillery (PDF Library).
Updated Monday, 2 June 2014
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3/11th RMA (T) Memorial service 2014

  1. 1. Memorial Service 3rd March, 2014 The 3/11 Regiment Royal Malta Artillery (T) Association, in collaboration with Birżebbuġa Local Council, held a memorial service on March 3, 2014 near the plaque that commemorates the six Maltese soldiers killed at a Bofors gun position sited on the rocky foreshore of the main Kalafrana Road, Birżebbuġa, in 1942. Prayers were said and a wreath was laid by the Hon. President of the Association, René Grixti, and by Birżebbuġa Mayor Joseph Farrugia.
  2. 2. 20th July 1942, six brave soldiers of the 10th Battery, 30LAA Regiment, Royal Malta Artillery, lost their lives on a Bofors gun position sited on the foreshore of the main Kalafrana road a hundred yards or so away from the Birzebbugia Bus terminus. The position which was known as “XLA 31” was enclosed with a 3 and a half foot high wall of sandbags and was fully equipped with predictor, gun stores, spare gun barrels and over 3,000 rounds of 40mm ammunition. It formed part of the air defence of the Kalafrana seaplane base and Hal Far airfield. Towards midnight, on July 20th 1942, an enemy bomber dived low over Kalafrana and released a stick of bombs. Of these, one landed straight into the gun position and the other on its nearby Troop headquarters just across the road. Needless to say, everything within the gun emplacement was destroyed and out of the eight men on the spot six were killed outright and two survived after being dug out from under the smothering rubble caused by the explosion. Those who died were: Lance-Sergeant Fedele Zarb M.M. (he had been decorated for bravery barely three weeks before), Gunner Saviour Sillato, Gunner Francis Baldacchino, Gunner Albert Zammit, Gunner Joseph Ellul and Gunner Francis Agius.
  3. 3. 3/11 Regiment Royal Malta Artillery (PDF Library). Updated Monday, 2 June 2014 alexabela3@gmail.com

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