The Bristol Beaufighter

Wreck Dive, St. Julians, Malta (WW2)

The Bristol Beaufighter was built in Filton and Weston-Super-Mare, England and taken into service in 1940. It was a twin-engine 2-3 seater long-range fighter, strike, and torpedo aircraft with a wing span of 18m.

On the 17th March 1943, Beaufighter “N” failed in the air, about 1500m above sea level, just after take-off and her pilot managed to ditch her in the sea. Both pilot and co-pilot were uninjured. Within 15 seconds of the crash, she has sunk completely beneath the waves.

The Bristol Beaufighter now lies at a depth of 38m upside down on a white sandy bottom. As you descend, you will be able to see the entire wreckage - the fulage, the wings and the undercarriage.

View The Underwater Virtual Museum

The Propellers

The 3 bladed propellers are a lovely feature to check out on the wreck. You can also find moray eels hiding in these areas on the wreck.

Experience Needed

You must be certified to dive to a depth of 40 meters to dive this site. We would also recommend being a Nitrox Diver.


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