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TWO HURRICANES ON THE WAY
The Air Officer Commanding, Middle East, has ordered two Hurricanes now at Tunis on passage to Egypt to proceed immediately to Malta.
MILITARY SUPPLIES FOR MALTA
From: War Office To: Governor & C in C Malta 17/06/40
With reference your communication dated 3 June clothing and necessaries, shoes, canvas and field dressings have been despatched and are en route to Malta. A consignment of motor cycles was despatched at the end of May, along with 770 bicycles: resume this covers your requirement. Camp kit not yet available. Remaining items will be shipped first available opportunity.
MALTA CONVOYS TO BE PROTECTED
Commander in Chief Mediterranean informed the Vice Admiral Malta that he hopes to cover the movement of ships to and from Malta and the Eastern Mediterranean in the near future.
MYSTERY GUNSHOTS AT ST ANDREWS
At 2300 hours this evening 2nd Lt E N Lewis of 2nd Bn Royal Irish Fusiliers heard five shots from the direction of St Julians Police Station. He went to investigate and heard from the guard at St Andrews Barracks that shots had been heard, and flashes seen, from the direction of St Andrews Church. A guard from the Kings Own Malta Regiment and a command post also reported hearing shots from a westerly direction. The Inspector of Police at Sliema set up a search with eight other personnel but found nothing.
Concerns have been voiced about sentries firing shots unnecessarily at night. Several firing incidents have been traced back to ill-considered responses to unauthorised lights and even glow worms.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 17 JUNE TO DAWN 18 JUNE 1940
Weather Fine; north west wind.
0625-0700 hrs Air raid alert for five enemy bombers escorted by two Macchi 200 fighters in two formations which approach the Island from the south south east. The raiders approach at 16000 feet then swoop into a shallow dive, increasing speed. One formation attacks Luqa and Ta Qali, where bombs fall close to the water reservoir and cause slight damage to a water main. 11 bombs are dropped between Corradino and Luqa and another 34 near Ta Qali aerodrome, where two fail to explode. Two Gladiator fighters intercept but no results are reported. The Gladiator pilots report enemy fighters to be ‘windy’.
0815 hrs Two unexploded High Explosive bombs are reported by 2nd Bn Royal Irish Fusiliers.
1400-1426 hrs Air raid alert for three enemy aircraft which attack a destroyer three miles south of Delimara at 15000 feet but drop their bombs in the sea.
1515-1520 hrs Air raid alert. No attack.
1525-1545 hrs Three enemy aircraft approach from the east and drop bombs on the Ta Qali area: four near the reservoir, eight in the centre of the airfield and four opposite the Consezione Church. One raider is believed brought down by Ack Ack fire.
OPERATIONS REPORTS MONDAY 17 JUNE 1940
ROYAL NAVY Coral and Diamond attacked and claim to have sunk an Italian U boat off Grand Harbour in position 92 degrees St Elmo light 3.8 miles.
KALAFRANA Cpl Sharples, RAF, transferred to Military Hospital, Imtarfa.
ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS: Bomb Disposal UXB Dealt with: 1 incendiary near Polverista Gate, Cospicua; 1 HE 250lb near Kirkop.
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