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Malta's defender in the War Museum (The Gloster Gladiator ‘Faith’)

The National War Museum in Fort St Elmo ranks among the most popular tourist venues. The museum mainly represents Malta’s important military role in the post-1800 period under British colonial rule, especially during World War II, when the island became one of the most bombed countries in Europe.


The Gloster Gladiator first flew in 1934 and entered service in 1937. The Gloster Sea Gladiator N5520 ‘Faith’ was one of a trio of biplane aircraft that defended Malta in the early days and weeks of the war. By mid-February 1941 N5520 was maintaining meteorological flights until December 1941, when the aircraft lost its wings when a close by hanger was bombed. In September 1943 its fuselage was salvaged, repaired, decorated and presented to the people of Malta. It was exhibited in the Palace Armoury and later was restored by the RAF and exhibited in the newly opened National War Museum in 1975.
Apart from N5520 FAITH the museum has a range of aircraft wreckages such as the Rolls Royce Merlin engine of Spitfire BR108, which crashed at Marsalforn Bay in July 1942.

The National War Museum

The National War Museum represents Malta’s important military role in the post-1800 period under British rule, especially during the WWII.
A key feature is the photographic panels depicting the harsh conditions endured by the civilian population and the extent of war damage during the crucial war years of 1940-1943.
Several principal exhibits are displayed in the main hall, such as the Italian E-Boat, a Bofors anti-aircraft gun, the Willis Jeep ‘Husky’, the Gloster Gladiator ‘Faith’, the George Cross, the Book of Remembrance and the illuminated Scroll presented by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Certainly worth examining are the prestigious awards and decorations received by Maltese servicemen and civilians during WWII for acts of bravery and sacrifice.
The left annex is mainly dedicated to the Royal Navy where various uniforms, insignia, equipment, Malta convoys, a section of a Spitfire, a Junkers Juno engine, a Messerschmitt wing, propellers, armaments, instruments, as well as relics and pictorial material relating to Axis raids are all displayed. (Source: visitmalta)

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