Join Colonel David Vassallo for an illustrated talk celebrating the 80th anniversary of Operation Pedestal and the safe arrival of the tanker SS Ohio in Grand Harbour, Malta on 15 August 1942.
The talk sets the scene with a description of the two-and-a-half-year Siege of Malta by the Axis powers, at the height of which, in the heaviest month of aerial bombardment, Malta was awarded the George Cross, on 15 April 1942.
The epic Operation Pedestal convoy of August 1942, despite the loss of nine merchantmen, saved Malta from starvation and surrender and enabled it to go onto the offensive, materially affecting the course of the war in North Africa and the Mediterranean.
The captain of the Ohio, Captain Dudley Mason, was rightly awarded the George Cross for his role in bringing the severely damaged Ohio into Malta. It is poignant to note on this special date that Dudley Mason’s George Cross and other medals, and the Ohio’s steering wheel and bell, are proudly displayed on board HQS Wellington.