Malta Story is a 1953 British war film, directed by Brian Desmond Hurst, which is based on the heroic air defence of Malta during the Siege of Malta in the Second World War. The film uses real and unique footage of the locations at which the battles were fought and includes a love story between a RAF pilot and a Maltese woman, as well as the anticipated execution of her brother, caught as an Italian spy. The leading character of the pilot is loosely based on Adrian Warburton; the character of the Maltese woman's brother is based on Carmelo Borg Pisani, who was executed in 1942.
In 1942 Britain is trying hard to hold on to Malta while invasion seems imminent; Italians and Germans are regularly bombing the airfields and towns. Flight Lieutenant Peter Ross, an archaeologist in civilian life, is on his way to an RAF posting in Egypt, but is stranded when the Lockheed Hudson on which he was a passenger is bombed while attempting to refuel on Malta. Air Commodore Frank, having just lost a photo reconnaissance pilot, has Ross reassigned to him, as that is Ross's speciality.
|director||Brian Desmond Hurst|
|events||aviation World War II|
|keywords||a crucial convoy ħaġar qim air raid archaeologist attack bomb bristol beaufighter bristol beaufort carmelo borg pisani egypt el alamein erwin rommel fairey albacore fly german italian kill kingdom of italy libya lockheed hudson love affair mnajdra nazi germany neolithic newspaper article oil tanker operation pedestal photo reconnaissance radio transmission rommel royal navy second battle of el alamein ship spitfire ss ''ohio strand suffer supermarine spitfire surveillance aircraft want young couple|
|producer||Peter De Sarigny|
|productionCompany||Theta Film Productions|
|publisher||General Film Distributors United Artist|
|recordedAt||Malta Pinewood Studios|