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NO FIGHTERS FOR MALTA
From: The War Office To: Governor & C in C Malta
Regret impossible at present to send any fighters but consideration is being given. Aircraft are unable now to fly over French territory and there are therefore only two methods of getting planes to Malta. First by flying off a carrier sent well into Mediterranean. Second subsequent to establishment of near east route via Nigeria and Egypt to fly planes from Mersa Matruh. Neither method feasible at present.
MALTA IS A VITAL FLYING BOAT BASE
The Commander in Chief Mediterranean has pointed out to the Admiralty the vital role of Malta as a flying boat base when the fleet is operating in the central Mediterranean. However, the report goes on to say that present continued air raids and lack of defences at Malta make refuelling of the aircraft a hazardous operation, except during the hours of darkness.
The C in C has asked the Admiralty to give urgent consideration to the provision of fighters for Malta, and further that more Sunderland flying boats be allocated to the eastern Mediterranean to replace casualties and assist in the valuable work already being done by the existing squadron.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 1 JULY TO DAWN 2 JULY 1940
No air raid alerts.
2135 hrs Shots are heard from the direction of Mosta Fort or beyond. On investigation the officer in charge at the fort reports having seen a light signalling followed by a shot near buildings at Ta Qali. Heavy explosions were later heard out to sea.
The CO of 2nd Bn Royal Irish Fusiliers is informed that a light has been seen from Tal Minsia, seeming to come from near the Officers’ Mess at St Andrews Barracks. Investigation confirmed that the light was illuminated in a series of definite dots and dashes. The source was determined as Tal Minsia Church. Lights and shots have previously been reported in the same area.
OPERATIONS REPORTS MONDAY 1 JULY 1940
ROYAL NAVY Coral attacked an Italian U boat 3.6 miles off St Elmo light. Jade claims to have sunk an Italian U boat.
AIR HQ Departures 1 Sunderland. Aircraft casualties 0445 hrs Anti-submarine patrol and reconnaissance by Swordfish: nothing to report.
KALAFRANA One Sunderland left for patrol and Alexandria. Sunderland aircraft of 228 and 230 Squadrons operating 12 hour naval patrols over wide area covering Greek coast, south Italian coast and Sicily under direct instructions from Middle East and HQ Mediterranean. Three recruits medically examined for the RAF; one civilian candidate for a temporary commission.
FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Floriana Defence Company formed.
2nd Bn ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT Strength of Battalion 25 Officers 743 Other Ranks. Troops made considerable progress on Platoon defensive positions which are almost complete.
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