Public Talk: The Gozo Airfield Public Talk by Chales Bezzina

Il-Ħaġar │ Heart of Gozo Museum, Cultural Centre, and Community Space is pleased to announce the first of a series of public talks for its tenth anniversary year.

In his book A Sailor’s Odyssey, British Admiral of the Fleet Andrew Browne Cunnigham – First Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope – writes, “at the Defence Committee meeting in 1938, I had pressed for airfields in Gozo to extend the defences of Malta. My suggestion was met with no response.”

In his public talk 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑮𝒐𝒛𝒐 𝑨𝒊𝒓𝒇𝒊𝒆𝒍𝒅, Gozitan poet and widely published historian and researcher Charles Bezzina delves into what five years later led the Defence Committee to change its mind on the issue, and why it was deemed necessary to construct two runways on the island of Gozo by mid-June 1943. What were the reasons that made it so essential for Gozo to have an airfield and to be built in just fifteen days?

Participation is free of charge, but booking by emailing is recommended.