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MALTA BROADCASTS COUNTER FALSE ITALIAN RADIO CLAIMS
Malta’s Rediffusion service is mounting a concerted campaign against false information coming from Italian radio. Broadcasts from Rome in the Maltese language are making exaggerated and often false claims about the progress of Italian and German war campaigns. Information from Italy has included claims that the Regia Aeronautica have destroyed Malta’s railways – which closed down in 1931. Rediffusion announcements will be broadcast daily, systematically refuting the Italian propaganda.
MALTA FIGHTERS RESCUE DESTROYER
Malta fighters today helped fight off a surprise attack on a Royal Navy destroyer by an enemy aircraft. HMS Jervis was attacked at just after six pm by an Italian Cant triple-engined seaplane. The enemy aircraft swooped low and dropped bombs on the destroyer from between 500 and 1000 feet. Malta-based fighter aircraft were scrambled and launched a counter-attack. The encounter lasted half an hour but no damage was caused to the vessel or Malta fighters.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 4 JULY TO DAWN 5 JULY 1940
Weather Fine and very hot; visibility clear.
0555-0620 hrs Air raid alert. Three formations of enemy fighters appear over the Island. One remains at altitude while the other two carry out a low flying machine gun attack on Hal Far aerodrome and then on Kalafrana. All ground defence posts, including light machine guns of the RAF and 8th Bn Manchester Regt, return fire from the ground. No damage or casualties reported.
2111-2120 hrs Air raid alert – no raid materialises.
OPERATIONS REPORTS THURSDAY 4 JULY 1940
Civilian casualties Antonio Azzopardi, Stoker.
AIR HQ Aircraft casualties Two Swordfish damaged on Hal Far aerodrome but repairable. 0445 hrs Anti-submarine and reconnaissance patrol by Swordfish: nothing to report.
KALAFRANA Three recruits medically examined for the RAF.
ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS Bomb Disposal UXB Dealt with 1 HE 250lb; 1 HE 130lb Addolorata Cemetery.
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