Royal Air Force Buses in Malta

What we know so far ...

A large number of buses were impressed by the Royal Air Force in Malta during World War 2. These fall outside of this list for now, although it is hoped to include a list of such buses at some point in the future.

The earliest known buses to have been owned by the RAF and operated in Malta are a trio of Commer Commando coaches with Park Royal "one-and-a-half-deck" bodywork. The known details for these comes from research carried out by historian Mike Fenton and contained within his database. 


RAF Registration: 08AC19
Chassis make & type: Commer Commando
Body Builder: Park Royal
Seating: 20
Chassis number: 17A0038
Body number: 31425
New*: late 1940s
Notes: Disposed of locally on the island in April 1956 - further history not known. 



RAF Registration: 08AC38

Chassis make & type: Commer Commando
Body Builder: Park Royal
Seating: 20
Chassis number: 17A0070
Body number: 31460
New*: late 1940s
Notes: Disposed of locally on the island in April 1956 - further history not known. 



RAF Registration: 08AC44
Chassis make & type: Commer Commando
Body Builder: Park Royal
Seating: 20
Chassis number: 17A0092
Body number: 31488
New*: late 1940s
Notes: Disposed of locally on the island in April 1956 - further history not known. 



The fate of these buses is not known. They certainly did not see further use with their original bodywork, and nothing so far suggests their chassis were reused as local route buses. It is possible their Park Royal bodywork was scrapped, and the chassis reused as lorries. It is of course quite possible they were exported for re-use elsewhere. They may also have been scrapped or dismantled for spare parts. They should not be confused with two similar buses which were used on shuttle work between Luqa and Valletta - initially owned by BOAC, and then several Maltese-based airlines (which also entered service in the late 1940s, ran until the 1960s, and had different chassis numbers).

Whilst no photographs have surfaced of the RAF Commers in Malta, there is a photograph of a restored example which can be viewed by clicking on the "More info" button. It is presumed that the examples in Malta were in the same livery, but this is yet to be confirmed. 




The vast majority of the known data about RAF buses in Malta comes from an examination of the MT record cards held by the RAF Museum in Hendon (north London). These cover the period 1956 through to the mid 1970s when the RAF left Malta. A number of the buses (especially the later ones) are known to have seen post-military careers in variousd civilian roles. The notes for each vehicle reflect this where known. Some of the buses listed went on to see further use with the RAF after their career in Malta - either in the UK, or elsewhere around the world where the RAF needed such vehicles. Again where such detail is known, it is included in that vehicles "notes" section. The RAF Museum record cards do not cover the period prior to 1956, so it is not known what buses the RAF had based in Malta at this time. They alsmost certainly operated a fleet of Bedford OB/OWB buses after the Second World War (like the Admiralty did), but details are lacking currently. 
  
RAF Registration: 02AC64
Chassis make & type: Bd A3LZ
Body Builder: Harrington
Seating: 14 (ex 10)
Chassis number: 105938
Livery: blue-grey with yellow roof
Notes: Complete vehicle delivered to RAF for storage 10/12/56. Allocated to AHQ Malta 09/10/59. Transferred to NEAF 07/06/67. Withdrawn 04/06/71 and disposed of locally by 28/06/71

RAF Registration: 02AC74
Chassis make & type: Bd A3Z (A3LZ?)
Body Builder: Harrington
Seating: 14 (ex 10)
Chassis number: 81130
Livery: blue-grey with yellow roof
Notes: Chassis delivered 29/11/55 and stored at RAF depot until sent for bodying. At Harrington being bodied 29/08/56 to 03/01/57. Allocated to AHQ Malta 25/09/59. Transferred to NEAF 07/06/67. Withdrawn 30/11/71 and disposed of locally by 28/12/71

RAF Registration: 02AC75
Chassis make & type: Bd A3Z (A3LZ?)
Body Builder: Harrington
Seating: 14 (ex 10)
Chassis number: 81535
Livery: blue-grey with yellow roof
Notes: Chassis delivered 29/11/55 and stored at RAF depot until sent for bodying. At Harrington being bodied 29/08/56 to 11/01/57. Allocated to AHQ Malta 28/08/58. Transferred to NEAF 07/06/67. Withdrawn 14/11/71 and disposed of locally by 28/11/71

RAF Registration: 02AC76
Chassis make & type: Bd A3Z (A3LZ?)
Body Builder: Harrington
Seating: 14 (ex 10)
Chassis number: 81721
Livery: blue-grey with yellow roof
Notes: Chassis delivered 06/12/55 and stored at RAF depot until sent for bodying. At Harrington being bodied 29/08/56 to 11/01/57. Allocated to AHQ Malta 14/05/58. Transferred to NEAF 07/06/67. Withdrawn 04/06/71 and disposed of locally by 28/06/71

RAF Registration: 02AC80
Chassis make & type: Bd A3LZ
Body Builder: Harrington
Seating: 14 (ex 10)
Chassis number: 107286
Livery: blue-grey with yellow roof
Notes: Complete vehicle delivered to RAF for storage 25/01/57. Allocated to AHQ Malta 25/09/59. Transferred to NEAF 07/06/67. Withdrawn 14/04/71 and disposed of locally by 28/04/71

RAF Registration: 02AC81
Chassis make & type: Bd A3LZ
Body Builder: Harrington
Seating: 10
Chassis number: 107483
Livery: blue-grey with yellow roof
Notes: Complete vehicle delivered to RAF for storage 25/01/57. Allocated to AHQ Malta 25/02/58. Transferred to NEAF 07/06/67. Withdrawn 31/12/68 and presumed disposed of locally

RAF Registration: 02AC82
Chassis make & type: Bd A3LZ
Body Builder: Harrington
Seating: 14 (ex 10)
Chassis number: 107416
Livery: blue-grey with yellow roof
Notes: Complete vehicle delivered to RAF for storage 04/02/57. Allocated to AHQ Malta 14/05/58. Transferred to NEAF 07/06/67. Withdrawn xx/01/68 and presumed disposed of locally

RAF Registration: 03AC60
Chassis make & type: Bd J1Z2
Body Builder: Hawson
Seating: 14
Chassis number: 77365
Livery: ??
Notes: Complete vehicle delivered to RAF for storage 08/03/61. Allocated to AHQ Malta 13/04/61. Transferred to NEAF 07/06/67. Withdrawn xx/03/68 and presumed disposed of locally

RAF Registration: 03AC65
Chassis make & type: Bd J1Z2
Body Builder: Hawson
Seating: 13 (ex 14)
Chassis number: 90751
Livery: ??
Notes: Complete vehicle delivered to RAF for storage 17/03/61. Allocated to AHQ Malta 18/04/61. Transferred to NEAF 07/06/67. Withdrawn 05/03/71 disposed of locally by 28/03/71

RAF Registration: 03AC66
Chassis make & type: Bd J1Z2
Body Builder: Hawson
Seating: 13 (ex 14)
Chassis number: 88803
Livery: ??
Notes: Complete vehicle delivered to RAF for storage 07/04/61. Allocated to AHQ Malta 24/05/61. Transferred to NEAF 07/06/67. Withdrawn 28/08/71 and presumed disposed of locally

RAF Registration: 03AC72
Chassis make & type: Bd J1Z2
Body Builder: Hawson
Seating: 13 (ex 14)
Chassis number: 113126
Livery: ??
Notes: Complete vehicle delivered to RAF for storage 07/09/61. Allocated to AHQ Malta 02/12/63. Transferred to NEAF 07/06/67. Withdrawn 28/08/71 and presumed disposed of locally

RAF Registration: 32AC69
Chassis make & type: Bd SBG
Body Builder: Mulliners
Seating: 31
Chassis number: 48356
Livery: blue-grey
Notes: Complete vehicle delivered to RAF for storage 01/10/56. Allocated to AHQ Malta 19/11/56. Transferred to NEAF 07/06/67. Withdrawn xx/04/68 and presumed disposed of locally

RAF Registration: 32AC75
Chassis make & type: Bd SBG
Body Builder: Mulliners
Seating: 31
Chassis number: 47496
Livery: blue-grey
Notes: Complete vehicle delivered to RAF for storage 18/10/56. Allocated to AHQ Malta 19/11/56. Transferred to NEAF 07/06/67. Withdrawn xx/01/68 and disposed of locally. Chassis reused to create new local service bus. Registered 2337 and later Y-0502. Used until July 2011 as EBY 502

RAF Registration: 34AC45
Chassis make & type: Bd SB3
Body Builder: Strachans Successors Ltd
Seating: 31
Chassis number: 64459
Livery: ??
Notes: Complete vehicle delivered to RAF for storage 24/10/58. Allocated to AHQ Malta 22/11/58. Transferred to NEAF 07/06/67. Withdrawn xx/08/68 and presumed disposed of locally

RAF Registration: 34AC46
Chassis make & type: Bd SB3
Body Builder: Strachans Successors Ltd
Seating: 31
Chassis number: 64468
Livery: ??
Notes: Complete vehicle delivered to RAF for storage 24/10/58. Allocated to AHQ Malta 22/11/58. Transferred to NEAF 07/06/67. Withdrawn xx/07/68 and presumed disposed of locally

RAF Registration: 35AC26
Chassis make & type: Bd D1Z2
Body Builder: Messrs Strachans
Seating: 14
Chassis number: 35367
Livery: ??
Notes: Complete vehicle delivered to RAF for storage 23/06/58. Allocated to AHQ Malta 31/03/59. Transferred to NEAF 07/06/67. Withdrawn xx/05/68 and presumed disposed of locally

RAF Registration: 35AC78
Chassis make & type: Bd SB
Body Builder: Strachans Ltd
Seating: 30 (+A)
Chassis number: 90567  
Livery: ??
Notes: Delivered to RAF Cosford for storage 25/09/1962. Allocated to AHQ Malta 30/10/62. Transferred to NEAF Command 7/6/67. Disposed of locally 18/12/71

RAF Registration: 35AC79
Chassis make & type: Bd SB
Body Builder: Strachans Ltd
Seating: 30 (+A)
Chassis number: 90570  
Livery: ??
Notes: Delivered to RAF Cosford for storage 25/09/1962 . Allocated to AHQ Malta 05/11/62. Transferred to NEAF Command 7/6/67. Struck off charge 27/10/72

RAF Registration: 35AC96
Chassis make & type: Bd SB
Body Builder: Strachans Ltd
Seating: 30 (+A)
Chassis number: 90971
Livery: ?? 
Notes: Delivered to RAF Cosford for storage 05/12/1962 . Allocated to AHQ Malta 08/02/63. Transferred to NEAF Command 7/6/67. Struck off charge 02/06/71

RAF Registration: 37AC19
Chassis make & type: Bd SB3
Body Builder: Strachans Ltd
Seating: 39 (+A)
Chassis number: 95786  
Livery: ??
Notes: Delivered to RAF Cosford for storage 19/01/1965. Allocated to NEAF HQ 29/04/65. Reallocated to NEAF (Malta) 19xx. Transferred to CVD Ashchurch 16/05/72. To "MODDS" 19/10/72

RAF Registration: 37AC35
Chassis make & type: Bd SB3
Body Builder: Strachans Ltd
Seating: 39 (+A)
Chassis number: 95441
Livery: ??  
Notes: Delivered to RAF Cosford for storage 20/01/1965 . Allocated to NEAF HQ 28/04/65. Reallocated to NEAF (Malta) 24/07/72. Withdrawn 23/1/78 and sold to Malta Police who registered it MP165 and then M-0106. Part of a large batch of withdrawn government vehicles sold to Roc-A-Go Crane Services, Tal-Barrani Road, Zejtun in July 1999 – primarily for scrap.

RAF Registration: 37AC43
Chassis make & type: Bd SB3
Body Builder: Strachans Coach Builders
Seating: 39 (+A)
Chassis number: 96262  
Livery: ??
Notes: Delivered to RAF Cosford for storage 22/03/1965. Allocated to AHQ Malta by May 1965. Transferred to NEAF Command 7/6/67. To CVD Ashchurch 28/03/72 then allocated to RAF St. Athan 18/03/75 and withdrawn 05/01/76

RAF Registration: 37AC44
Chassis make & type: Bd SB3
Body Builder: Strachans Coach Builders
Seating: 39 (+A)
Chassis number: 96290  
Livery: ??
Notes: Delivered to RAF Cosford for storage 22/03/1965. Allocated to AHQ Malta 10/05/65. Transferred to NEAF Command 7/6/67. To CVD Ashchurch 06/04/72 then to MODDS 29/09/72

RAF Registration: 37AC45
Chassis make & type: Bd SB3
Body Builder: Strachans Coach Builders
Seating: 39 (+A)
Chassis number: 96287  
Livery: ??
Notes: Delivered to RAF Cosford for storage 22/03/1965. Allocated to AHQ Malta 10/05/65. Transferred to NEAF Command 7/6/67. To CVD Ashchurch 05/04/72 then allocated to RAF Bicester 02/04/74, back to CVD Ashchurch 25/09/74, RAF Biggin Hill 28/07/75, CVD Ashchurch 25/09/75, RAF Newton 24/03/76, RAF Finningley 01/11/76, RAF Leeming 09/11/76, RAF Finningley 10/11/76, RAF Newton 10/11/78 and finally withdrawn 31/12/79

RAF Registration: 37AC73
Chassis make & type: Bd SB3
Body Builder: Strachans Ltd
Seating: 39 (+A)
Chassis number: 96812
Livery: ?? 
Notes: Delivered to RAF Cosford for storage 30/04/1965 . Allocated to NEAF HQ 09/06/65. Transferred to RAF Dhekelia (from RAF Akrotiri) 19/01/72 and to Malta (RAF Luqa) 13/07/73. Withdrawn 10/08/78 and sold to Malta Police who registered it MP193. Possibly later became either M-0128 or M-0130, in which case it probably passed to Roc-A-Go  around 1987 for scrap.

RAF Registration: 37AC75
Chassis make & type: Bd SB3
Body Builder: Strachans Ltd
Seating: 39 (+A)
Chassis number: 96743  
Livery: ??
Notes: Delivered to RAF Cosford for storage 30/04/1965. Allocated to NEAF HQ 29/06/65. Reallocated to NEAF (Malta) 19xx. Transferred to CVD Ashchurch 16/05/72. To "MODDS" 24/10/72

RAF Registration: 37AC76
Chassis make & type: Bd SB3
Body Builder: Strachans Ltd
Seating: 39 (+A)
Chassis number: 96804  
Livery: ??
Notes: Delivered to RAF Cosford for storage 30/04/1965. Allocated to NEAF HQ 29/06/65. Reallocated to NEAF (Malta) 19xx. Transferred to CVD Ashchurch 17/05/72. To "MODDS" 28/11/72

RAF Registration: 37AC80
Chassis make & type: Bd SB3
Body Builder: Strachans Ltd
Seating: 39 (+A)
Chassis number: 96866  
Livery: ??
Notes: Delivered to RAF Cosford for storage 30/04/1965. Allocated to NEAF HQ 29/06/65. Reallocated to NEAF (Malta) 24/07/72. Withdrawn 23/01/78 and believed to have been disposed of locally. It was registered M-0340 in early August 1978 and allocated to the Department of Health at Mount Carmel Hospital, Attard. It was described as being cream in colour and seating 33. No further details as to its fate are currently known.

RAF Registration: 38AC09
Chassis make & type: Bd SB3
Body Builder: Strachans Ltd
Seating: 39 (+A)
Chassis number: 95882
Livery: ?? 
Notes: Delivered to RAF Cosford for storage 09/06/1965. Allocated to NEAF HQ 16/08/65. Reallocated to NEAF (Malta) 19xx. Transferred to CVD Ashchurch 22/03/72. To "MODDS" 29/09/72

RAF Registration: 38AC48
Chassis make & type: Bd SB3
Body Builder: Strachans Ltd
Seating: 39 (+A)
Chassis number: 97778  
Livery: ??
Notes: Delivered to RAF Cosford for storage 08/11/1965. Allocated to NEAF HQ 17/12/65. Reallocated to NEAF (Malta) 19xx. Transferred to CVD Ashchurch 24/03/72. To RAF Stanbridge 26/03/76, RAF Uxbridge 23/09/76, RAF Abingdon 05/11/76, RAF Melton 25/08/78 and withdrawn 24/11/78

RAF Registration: 38AC52
Chassis make & type: Bd SB3
Body Builder: Strachans Coach Builders
Seating: 39 (+A)
Chassis number: 97785  
Livery: ??
Notes: Delivered to RAF Cosford for storage 15/11/1965. Allocated to AHQ Malta 17/12/65. To NEAF HQ 12/05/67, then reallocated to RAF Luqa 24/07/72. Struck off charge 10/08/78 and disposed of locally to Malta Police who registered it MP192. Possibly later became either M-0128 or M-0130, in which case it probably passed to Roc-A-Go  around 1987 for scrap.

RAF Registration: 38AC53
Chassis make & type: Bd SB3
Body Builder: Strachans Coach Builders
Seating: 39 (+A)
Chassis number: 97801  
Livery: ??
Notes: Delivered to RAF Cosford for storage 15/11/1965. Allocated to AHQ Malta 17/12/65. Transferred to NEAF Command 7/6/67. Struck off charge 09/01/76

RAF Registration: 38AC54
Chassis make & type: Bd SB3
Body Builder: Strachans Coach Builders
Seating: 39 (+A)
Chassis number: 97879  
Livery: ??
Notes: Delivered to RAF Cosford for storage15/11/1965. Allocated to AHQ Malta 17/12/65. Transferred to NEAF Command 7/6/67. Struck off charge 30/01/78 and sold to Malta Police who registered it MP190

RAF Registration: 38AC66
Chassis make & type: Bd J1Z2
Body Builder: (Hawsons?)
Seating: 14
Chassis number: 6861325
Livery: Blue
Notes: Delivered to CVD Irvine for storage18/05/1967. Allocated to NEAF HQ 19/7/67. Allocated to Malta 19xx. To CVD Ashchurch (ex RAF Luqa) 05/04/72. Allocated to RAF Brize Norton 17/06/74 and withdrawn 13/12/76

RAF Registration: 38AC82
Chassis make & type: Bd J1Z2
Body Builder: (Hawsons?)
Seating: 14
Chassis number: 6874729
Livery: Blue
Notes: Delivered to CVD Irvine for storage 19/06/1967. Allocated to NEAF HQ 07/03/68. Allocated to Malta 19xx. To CVD Ashchurch (ex RAF Luqa) 05/04/72. Allocated to RAF Kai-Tak (Hong Kong) 02/12/73 and struck off charge 05/09/75

RAF Registration: 40AC86
Chassis make & type: Bd J1Z2
Body Builder: Hawsons Ltd
Seating: 14
Chassis number: 113484
Livery: ?? 
Notes: Delivered to CVD Ashchurch for storage 21/11/1969. Allocated to NEAF HQ 28/01/71. Allocated to Malta 19xx. To CVD Ashchurch (ex RAF Luqa) 13/03/72. To RAF High Wycombe 24/04/72, RAF Lyneham 29/03/76 and withdrawn 29/11/79

RAF Registration: 40AC90
Chassis make & type: Bd J1Z2
Body Builder: Hawsons Ltd
Seating: 14
Chassis number: 112610  
Livery: ??
Notes: Delivered to CVD Ashchurch for storage 08/12/1969. Allocated to NEAF HQ 28/01/71. Allocated to Malta 19xx. To CVD Ashchurch (ex RAF Luqa) 13/03/72. To RAF Sealand 10/08/72 and withdrawn 25/01/78

RAF Registration: 40AC94
Chassis make & type: Bd J1Z2
Body Builder: Hawsons Ltd
Seating: 14
Chassis number: 115113
Livery: Blue-Grey
Notes: Delivered to CVD Hilton for storage 13/01/1970. Allocated to NEAF 25/09/70. Transferred from RAF Epiakopi to RAF Luqa (Malta) 14/08/73. Withdrawn 20/04/77 and sold to Malta Police who registered it MP157 – later M-0098. On 17th January 1986 it was one of several minibuses listed as having passed from Malta Police to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. In July 1994 it was sold on the proviso that it would not be used on the road. The plates were returned. This vehicle was seen near Qormi in May 1993 in a scrapyard owned by the Agriculture Department (south side of road 8). By May 1996 this site had been cleared and the bus was noted in a scrapyard near Ghar Dalam (beside Triq tax-Xerrieq). The remains were still there in April 2007, but were no longer visible in October 2008. 

RAF Registration: 40AC99
Chassis make & type: Bd J1Z2
Body Builder: Hawsons Ltd
Seating: 14
Chassis number: 115917
Livery: Blue-Grey
Notes: Delivered to CVD Ashchurch for storage 22/01/1970. Allocated to NEAF HQ 27/06/71. Allocated to Malta 19xx. To CVD Ashchurch (ex RAF Luqa) 14/03/72. To RAF Scampton 20/06/74, RAF Lyneham 27/08/74 and withdrawn 03/08/78

RAF Registration: 41AC08
Chassis make & type: Bd J1Z2
Body Builder: Hawsons Ltd
Seating: 14
Chassis number: 123617
Livery: Blue-Grey
Notes: Delivered to CVD Hilton for storage 11/03/1970. Allocated to NEAF 28/01/71. Last allocated to RAF Luqa when withdrawn 02/05/77

RAF Registration: 41AC12
Chassis make & type: Bd J1Z2
Body Builder: Hawsons Ltd
Seating: 14
Chassis number: 121654
Livery: Blue-Grey
Notes: Delivered to CVD Ashchurch for storage 26/02/1970. Allocated to NEAF HQ 27/06/71. Allocated to Malta 19xx. To CVD Ashchurch (ex RAF Luqa) 28/02/72. To RAF Valley 25/05/72, RAF Little Rissington 10/10/72, RAF Cranwell 14/04/76 and withdrawn 16/3/78

RAF Registration: 41AC19
Chassis make & type: Bd J1Z2
Body Builder: Hawsons Ltd
Seating: 14
Chassis number: 123890
Livery: Blue-Grey
Notes: Delivered to CVD Ashchurch for storage 15/04/1970. Allocated to NEAF 27/06/71. Last allocated to RAF Luqa when withdrawn 02/05/77. Sold to Malta Police who registered it MP158 – later registered M-0096. On 17th January 1986 it was one of several minibuses listed as having passed from Malta Police to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. At the time of the transfer, it was listed as seating 15 passengers (plus the driver). In January 1988 permission was given to dispose of the bus for scrap. The sale finally took place in December 1988, on the basis that it could not see further use on the road. 

RAF Registration: 41AC94
Chassis make & type: Bd SB3
Body Builder: Strachans Ltd
Seating: 39 (+A)
Chassis number: 461407
Livery: ?? 
Notes: Delivered to CVD Irvine for storage 25/05/1969. Allocated to Air Support Command 29/05/69, CVD Irvine 17/06/69, Marshall's of Cambridge (Contract Loan) 04/08/69, CVD Hilton 16/10/69, NEAF (at RAF Luqa) 21/07/73 and withdrawn and locally disposed of by 10/01/79 to Maltese Police who registered it MP191Re-registered M-0103 in October 1980.  Tender awarded in November 2002 for the sale of unserviceable Police vehicles for scrap. 

RAF Registration: 41AC97
Chassis make & type: Bd SB3
Body Builder: Strachans Ltd
Seating: 39 (+A)
Chassis number: 465520  
Livery: ??
Notes: Delivered to CVD Irvine for storage 18/04/1969. Allocated to Air Support Command 08/07/69, CVD Irvine 25/08/69, Marshall's of Cambridge (Contract Loan) 08/11/69, CVD Hilton 17/11/69, NEAF (at RAF Luqa) 23/11/73 and withdrawn 10/08/78 and locally disposed of by ?19/02/79? to Maltese Police who registered it MP194. Around 1980 reregistered M-0101, the allocated new registration M-1119 by January 1982. In August 1982 fitted with a Perkins diesel 6354 engine number 354UR26835. Transferred to the Public Works Department (Kirkop Workshop) by May 1990. Disposed of by May 1996. Livery in 10/1988 was buff with green wavy lines but by 5/1993 had been repainted yellow and white with the Department of Works & Sport with fleet number 10. At Kasparell’s scrapyard, Birzebbuga in yellow and white livery by May 1997.  Its flattened remains were still visible November 1997. Not seen since, assumed scrapped.

RAF Registration: 42AC04
Chassis make & type: Bd SB3
Body Builder: Strachans Ltd
Seating: 39 (+A)
Chassis number: 467171  
Livery: ??
Notes: Delivered to CVD Hilton for storage 26/06/1969. Allocated to NEAF HQ 25/07/69. Last allocated to RAF Luqa when withdrawn 14/12/78 and possibly disposed of locally to the Maltese Police Force

RAF Registration: 42AC09
Chassis make & type: Bd J1Z2
Body Builder: Hawsons Ltd
Seating: 14
Chassis number: 145719
Livery: Blue-Grey
Notes: Delivered to CVD Ashchurch for storage 13/03/1970. Allocated to NEAF HQ 27/06/71. Allocated to Malta 19xx. To CVD Ashchurch (ex RAF Luqa) 13/03/72. Allocated to RAF Chessington (Maintenance Command) 16/11/72. Withdrawn 04/02/77

RAF Registration: 42AC13
Chassis make & type: Bd J1Z2
Body Builder: Hawsons Ltd
Seating: 14
Chassis number: 145349
Livery: ?? 
Notes: Delivered to CVD Ashchurch for storage 02/04/1970. Allocated to NEAF HQ 28/11/71. Last allocated to RAF Luqa when withdrawn 20/04/77. Subsequently noted in use in Malta with registration 68013. It was last seen disused on Luqa Industrial Estate and had been removed from airport property when found to have been used by drug addicts. Sent to Hompesch Steel for scrap  in 2005.

RAF Registration: 42AC67
Chassis make & type: Bd SB3
Body Builder: Strachans Ltd
Seating: 39 (+A)
Chassis number: 468588
Livery: ??  
Notes: Delivered to CVD Irvine for storage 16/02/1970. Moved to CVD Hilton for further storage 15/09/71. Allocated to NEAF (RAF Luqa) 23/10/72. Struck off charge 14/12/78 and believed to have been disposed of locally to the Maltese Police Force

RAF Registration: 42AC69
Chassis make & type: Bd SB3
Body Builder: Strachans Ltd
Seating: 39 (+A)
Chassis number: 469852  
Livery: ??
Notes: Delivered to CVD Irvine for storage 26/02/1970. Moved to CVD Hilton for further storage 08/09/71. Allocated to NEAF (RAF Luqa) 23/10/72. Struck off charge 16/03/78 and sold to the Maltese Government who allocated it to the Maltese Police. Initially carried registration MP174, and latterly M-0105Transferred to the Medical and Health Department in June 1986 – possibly allocated to the St Vincent de Paule residence for the care of the elderly. Finally left government ownership (back via the Police and the Education Dept.) in November 1991. Believed to have been sold for scrap.
  

RAF Registration: 42AC70
Chassis make & type: Bd SB3
Body Builder: Strachans Ltd
Seating: 39 (+A)
Chassis number: 469270  
Livery: ??
Notes: Delivered to CVD Irvine for storage 16/04/1970. Moved to CVD Hilton for further storage 08/09/71. Allocated to NEAF (RAF Luqa) 28/06/72. Struck off charge 14/12/78 and believed to have been disposed of locally to the Maltese Police Force, where it became M-0107. Sold for scrap around August 1987. 

RAF Registration: 42AC71
Chassis make & type: Bd SB3
Body Builder: Strachans Ltd
Seating: 39 (+A)
Chassis number: 469370  
Livery: ??
Notes: Delivered to CVD Irvine for storage 16/04/1970. Moved to CVD Hilton for further storage 15/09/71. Allocated to NEAF (RAF Luqa) 28/06/72. Struck off charge 14/12/78 and believed to have been disposed of locally to the Maltese Police Force, where it became M-0102. Part of a large batch of withdrawn government vehicles sold to Roc-A-Go Crane Services, Tal-Barrani Road, Zejtun in July 1999 – primarily for scrap. Noted as scrapped November 1999.

RAF Registration: 43AC81
Chassis make & type: Bd J1Z2
Body Builder: Hawsons Ltd
Seating: 14
Chassis number: 163377
Livery: Blue-Grey
Notes: Delivered to CVD Ashchurch for storage 15/03/1972. Allocated to NEAF (RAF Luqa) 01/06/72. Struck off charge 28/04/78. Sold to Maltese Government and used by the Ministry of Works - towards the end of February 1979, registration number 76523 was allocated. Around the early-mid-1980s registration M-0816 was allocated.  In March 1988 it was listed as being “on the complement of the Education Department” although still owned by the Public Works Department. In June 1992 it was recorded as having been on loan to the School of Building, Gerolamo Cassar, Floriana, though was now at the Kirkop Garage of the PWD. On the 1st March 1996 M-0816 was declared by the Department of Labour as being unserviceable and to be sold for scrap. In July 1997 the bus was sold for scrap and the plates returned. 

RAF Registration: 43AC82
Chassis make & type: Bd J1Z2
Body Builder: Hawsons Ltd
Seating: 14
Chassis number: 161734
Livery: Blue-Grey
Notes: Delivered to CVD Ashchurch for storage 12/04/1972. Allocated to NEAF (RAF Luqa) 28/06/72. Struck off charge 10/08/78 and sold to Malta Police who registered it MP195. Further details lacking.

RAF Registration: 44AC67
Chassis make & type: Ford Transit
Body Builder: Ford?
Seating: 14
Chassis number: 64850
Livery: Blue-Grey
Notes: Delivered to CVD Ashchurch for storage 21/06/1973. Allocated to RAF Abingdon 29/11/73, RAF Brize Norton 27/02/76, then to NEAF (RAF Luqa) 05/05/77. Struck off charge 10/08/78 and believed to have been disposed of locally

RAF Registration: 44AC68
Chassis make & type: Ford Transit
Body Builder: Ford?
Seating: 14
Chassis number: 64851
Livery: Blue-Grey
Notes: Delivered to CVD Ashchurch for storage 21/06/1973. Allocated to RAF Thorney Island 07/12/73, RAF Wyton 29/04/76, RAF Odiham --/76, RAF Wattisham 16/07/76, then to NEAF (RAF Luqa) 05/05/77. Struck off charge 02/11/78 and believed to have been disposed of locally

RAF Registration: 44AC71
Chassis make & type: Ford Transit
Body Builder: Ford?
Seating: 14
Chassis number: 64854
Livery: Blue-Grey
Notes: Delivered to CVD Ashchurch for storage 21/06/1973. Allocated to RAF Conningsby 23/10/73, then to NEAF (RAF Luqa) 05/05/77. Struck off charge 10/11/78 and believed to have been disposed of locally

RAF Registration: 44AC80
Chassis make & type: Ford Transit
Body Builder: Ford?
Seating: 14
Chassis number: BDFNE97783
Livery: Blue-Grey
Notes: Delivered to CVD Ashchurch for storage 15/04/1974. Allocated to NEAF (RAF Luqa) 25/11/74, then to RAF Akrotiri 29/11/78 and disposed of to a civilian buyer in Cyprus 06/12/82

NOTES  
On 7/6/67 the separate "Malta" and "Near East Air Force" commands merged to form a new enlarged NEAF command. 

Unless noted otherwise vehicles are believed to have remained allocated to RAF Luqa on Malta
In seating capacity column "+A" = includes ambulance role  

Name of Body Builder and livery description as it appeared on cards  

CVD = Central Vehicle Depot     

MODDS = ??? MOD Disposal Service ???  

RAOC = Royal Army Ordnance Corps        



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