RAF Air/Sea Rescue & Marine Craft Section
From 1940 to 1944 the RAF operated an Air/Sea Rescue and Marine Craft Section with the key task of saving pilots and aircrew shot down in the waters around Malta. They operated from St Paul's Bay, covering northern searches, Sliema (the Strand) covering north of Grand Harbour, and Kalafrana, covering the southern sector. In total 273 people were picked up from the sea, unfortunately not all of them survived their accident. Not only did the ASR pick-up Allied airmen but also Axis airmen.
1940 to 1944