The Al­fred Mizzi Foun­da­tion helps make an im­por­tant ac­qui­si­tion

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

An im­por­tant ac­qui­si­tion con­sist­ing of a col­lec­tion of per­sonal ef­fects of a Ger­man Bomber Pi­lot who took part in the First and Sec­ond Ger­man Blitz over Malta in 1942 while based in Si­cily has been made by Fon­daz­zjoni Wirt Artna.

The im­por­tance of this ac­qui­si­tion stems from the fact that it is var­ied and com­plete and be­longed to one of the en­emy raiders from one of the elite units which were used against Malta dur­ing World War II, the Kampfgeschwader 54 “Totenkopf”.

The col­lec­tion con­sist of cloth­ing, or­ders and medals, fly­ing equip­ment, per­sonal records and other ef­fects used in the course of ac­tion against the is­land by Un­terof­fizier (Sergeant) Hans Hasse­mer. Of note are a num­ber of pho­to­graphs that show one of the squadron planes fly­ing over the sil­hou­et­ted is­lands, oth­ers show­ing dam­age sus­tained by the is­land’s de­fences and oth­ers show parts of the coast and ter­rain as they ap­peared from one of the air­craft dur­ing a bomb­ing raid.

Hasse­mer was awarded the Iron Crosses First and Sec­ond Class, the Luft­waffe Honor Goblet, the Eastern Front Medal, all three Bomber Front Fly­ing Clasps in bronze, sil­ver and gold and the wound badge. He was killed on 10 May 1943 and lies buried at Motta Sant’Anas­ta­sia, Cata­nia.

This ac­qui­si­tion was made pos­si­ble through a gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tion made to FWA by The Al­fred Mizzi Foun­da­tion. The col­lec­tion is be­ing placed on per­ma­nent dis­play at the Las­caris War Rooms as part of the in­ter­pre­ta­tion about the air war in Malta dur­ing the pe­riod 1940-42.

The Las­caris War Rooms are a mas­sive un­der­ground space ex­ca­vated by the Bri­tish dur­ing the war to of­fer ad­di­tional ac­com­mo­da­tion space for the per­son­nel who worked in the nearby un­der­ground War HQ that runs un­der the Up­per Bar­rakka Gar­dens in Val­letta. Late in 1942 it started be­ing con­verted into a full-blown mod­ern War Head­quar­ters from where the last stages of the air war over Malta were fought and the in­va­sion of Si­cily was di­rect be­tween 9 July and 17 Au­gust 1943. FWA is cur­rently work­ing on a large-scale ex­hi­bi­tion on the lat­ter to mark its 75th an­niver­sary. This will also be lo­cated at the Las­caris War Rooms and is planned to be com­pleted by the end of this year.

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