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19 June 1940: First Raid Free Day

19 Jun

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King George VI

King George VI

KING GEORVE VI SENDS MESSAGE OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO MALTA

“I have already heard of the gallant spirit and fine bearing of the Maltese people since they have been brought within the battle zone and I have no doubt that they will be worthy of upholding their great traditions in this struggle in which they are now actively engaged.”

HURRICANES DELAY THREATENS MORALE IN MALTA

From:  Governor and C in C Malta          To:  War Office                  19/06/40

Air Ministry informed AOC here on 17th that six Hurricanes were to be sent to Malta forthwith but since then the execution of plan has been deferred.  Hope you will press for these aircraft to be sent here before it is too late for them to refuel Marseilles.  Most important for maintenance of civil morale here and for defence generally.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 19 JUNE TO DAWN 20 JUNE 1940

1300 hrs  Two Hurricanes and one Hudson aircraft arrive in Malta.

1955 hrs  Two Hurricanes arrive in Malta.

2345 hrs  2/Lt Salmonson 2nd Bn Royal Irish Fusiliers reports a light flashing near a Company defence post.  Further investigation leads to the home of a couple who are still up and about late at night.  The flashing lights are caused by opening and closing of their door.  The situation is to be monitored.

OPERATIONS REPORTS WEDNESDAY 19 JUNE 1940

AIR HQ  Air fields at Hal Far and Kalafrana are notified that the Station air raid warnings should not be sounded except when the general alarm system is heard, when ordered to by Headquarters and when every aircraft has been identified.  Instructions from HQ to observe for aircraft or for fighters to stand by or scramble is not to be taken as an instruction to sound the station air raid warning.    

KALAFRANA  Cpl N McKay to Imtarfa; Pte J Barbara, Kings Own Malta Regiment, to ADS Tarxien.

ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS: Bomb Disposal UXB  Dealt with: 2 HE 250lb Ta Qali aerodrome.

2nd Bn ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT  A quiet day allows sandbagging and defensive works to be completed undisturbed.

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One response to “19 June 1940: First Raid Free Day

  1. Walter (Ellul) Sullivan

    June 19, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    These reports are very interesting and most nostalgic. 1940 while still at Lyceum is two years before I was conscripted in 2nd Bn K.O.M.R.

     

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