The arrival of vital supplies in those three fateful August days, culminating with the Ohio making harbour on the 15th August saw the fervently Catholic Maltese attributing their salvation to Saint Mary. This is because on the 15th August the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, hence the appellation to date of Operation Pedestal among the Maltese – Il-Konvoj ta’ Santa Marija (Saint Mary’s Convoy).
Operation Pedestal appeared to be ‘Mission Impossible’ but both the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Dudley Pound, and the British Premier, Winston Churchill, were determined the attempt had to be made, for both they and the British public felt that the Maltese people themselves deserved nothing less.
“Pedestal” was an epic battle, and proved to be the climax in the defence of Malta, which was itself of heroic proportions.
Peter C Smith