Sep 152012
 
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Wreck History:
Throughout World War II, Allied resources and manpower were always at a premium. At one point a squadron of Wellington Bombers were stationed in Malta, but their long range was much needed elsewhere. They were eventually replaced by much small 3 man Mark IV Blenheim. Although there remains no doubt that it is indeed a Blenheim, this aircraft’s specific identity and call sign are yet to be established.

Navigation: 1km off Delimara Point. The wrecks co-ordinates are of N 35’ 50.119 // E 014’ 34.482
Access: Boat Dive

Depth: 39-42 metres

Interests: Wreck Dive

Certification Required: 
BSAC Sports Diver, PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent

Wreck Statistics:
The pride and joy of our diving partners, this aircraft is located approximately 800 metres due east of Xrobb l-Ghagin at a depth of 42 metres. The wreckage is not marked on any chart and with its low underwater profile, will not be detected by position finding equipment. The precise location of the wreck is therefore known to very few people on the Island. There are also the remains of a De Havilland Mosquito nearby

This is a fabulous and very exciting dive. As the diver descends, the aircraft quickly begins to take shape. The wings and engines are virtually intact although the port side propellers are missing. The cockpit cover has also disappeared and this might suggest that the crew safely ejected prior to ditching. The pilot’s seat and control column are quite intact and altogether these form the main section of wreckage.