Interest
Wreck
Popularity
Low
Depth
35m (avg), 38m (max)
Qualification
Experienced
Shore access
Boat only
Location
35.9243° N 14.5031° E (Exact)
35°55.458' N 014°30.186' E
35°55'27" N 014°30'11" E
Rating
★★☆☆ from 2 divers

Bristol Beaufighter is a World War II airplane wreck dive in Malta. Beaufighter was built by Bristol Aeroplane Company and it served in Royal Air Force. The plane was a twin-engine two-seat heavy fighter, about 12.6 m in length with 17.6 m wingspan. On 17th March 1943 soon after takeoff, this Beaufighter experienced mechanical problems, and the crew had to ditch the plane in the sea. Both the pilot and the observer survived.

Bristol Beaufighter wreck is located about 900 m offshore St. Julian’s Point in Sliema. This is a boat dive for experienced divers. The airplane wreck lies upside down at a depth of 38 m on sandy seabed. Most of the plane is buried in the sand, the wings and the main fuselage are quite intact, both undercarriage frames with shredded tyres stick out behind the radial engines, and port side propeller still attached to the engine.

Other airplane wreck dives in Malta are Bristol Blenheim Bomber, Mosquito Fighter Bomber and Lockheed P2V Neptune. These plane wrecks are between 32 and 42 m deep. Furthermore, for technical divers there are the airplane wrecks of Junkers Ju 88 and B-24 Liberator Bomber at 55 m, Fairey Swordfish at 70 m, Douglas A-1 Skyraider at 96 m, and another Junkers Ju 88 at 106 m depth.

For freedivers, there is the wreckage of Dornier Wal XI flying boat at 12 m depth in Gnejna Bay.

More info about Bristol Beaufighter dive site

http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?130794
https://underwatermalta.org/discover/beaufighter/

Bristol Beaufighter wreck

Comments and Ratings

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Adam Sant, May 2020:
★★★☆☆ Not much to see, the wreck is now very broken up. However, it is still worth diving at least once. It can be dived from the shore, it does take around an hour to reach though.
Adam Sant, May 2020:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5yvS2lGKSU
Mika Tanninen, October 2015:
★★☆☆☆ There is not that much to see anymore. Just underside of a wing and couple of engines.

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