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BUSINESSES RESPOND TO GOVERNMENT APPEAL FOR SHELTERS
Owners of businesses and club premises in Malta’s bombing target areas are opening their doors to provide shelter during air raids. The Island’s newspapers have published details of six public shelters in the Sliema area alone. The new shelters include the Chocolate Box Bar, Sliema Athletic Club, and St Julians Police Station as well as a motor vehicle garage and several privately-owned cellars. The opening of the new shelters follows a recent appeal by the Government for garage owners to allow their premises to be adapted for use as public air raid shelters. (1)
JERVIS DAMAGED IN HARBOUR
Destroyer Jervis was damaged today when she arrived at Malta from repairs in home waters. The vessel bumped against the dock while berthing, sustaining damage to her bow. The damage sustained was minor and after immediate repairs Jervis was declared fit for service.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 2 JULY TO DAWN 3 JULY 1940
Weather Misty early morning, then fine.
0925-0945 hrs Air raid alert. Two enemy aircraft cross the Island apparently on reconnaissance. Ack Ack batteries at Luqa open fire and split the formation. Bombs are dropped two miles out to sea to the south but none on land. Malta fighters are scrambled.
1830 hrs Gunfire is heard an estimated ten miles to the south. Later reports confirmed that a destroyer was bombed by a seaplane.
2320 hrs Lights are again seen from Tal Minsia but they are not signalling.
OPERATIONS REPORTS TUESDAY 2 JULY 1940
ROYAL NAVY Jervis arrived.
AIR HQ Departures 2 Sunderland. 0445 hrs Anti-submarine patrol and reconnaissance by Swordfish: nothing to report.
KALAFRANA Two Sunderlands 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. Nine recruits medically examined for the RAF.
FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Practice “Close Valletta”.
HARBOUR FIRE COMMAND RSM A Caruana granted emergency commission as Lieutenant.
(1) Source: When Malta Stood Alone, Joseph Micallef, Interprint Malta, 1981
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