|Historical Name of Location||Ta' Qali, Malta|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseThe dry lake bed in the village of Ta' Qali, Malta was developed for civilian aviation in the 1930s. In Nov 1940, it became a British Royal Air Force airfield, known by its Anglicized name Taqali, later Takali. It hosted No. 261 Squadron RAF in Nov 1940. In May 1941, No. 249 Squadron RAF replaced No. 261 Squadron RAF. This airfield was subjected to heavy Axis bombing throughout the war. In Apr 1945, it was renamed HMS Goldfinch after it was transferred to the British Fleet Air Arm. In 1953, it returned to the Royal Air Force and was used for training purposes. The land was turned over to the government of Malta in 1963. The base was closed in Apr 1968. At the time of this writing, the grounds of the former RAF base host a national park, an aviation museum, and other recreational areas.
Ronald V., "Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields in Europe"
Malta Aviation Museum
Last Major Update: Dec 2014
RAF Takali Interactive Map
RAF Takali Timeline
|30 Oct 1940||Wing Commander J. R. O'Sullivan was ordered to form a fighter squadron at the civilian airfield at Ta' Qali, Malta.|
|8 Nov 1940||RAF Station Takali was officially operational on Malta.|
|20 Nov 1940||No. 261 Squadron RAF was transferred to RAF Station Takali.|
|16 May 1941||Wing Commander J. Warfield was named the commanding officer of RAF Station Takali on Malta.|
|1 Apr 1945||RAF Takali on Malta was transferred from the Royal Air Force to the Fleet Air Arm and was renamed HMS Goldfinch.|
|9 Jun 1953||HMS Goldfinch on Malta was transferred from the Fleet Air Arm to the Royal Air Force.|
|9 Dec 2011||A Tiger Moth aircraft landed on the concrete runways of the former RAF Station Takali on Malta. It was the first landing at this location in over 40 years; it was in preparation for the opening of the Malta Aviation Museum.|
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