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20 July 1940: War Office Keen to Raise Morale in Malta

20 Jul

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PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN PLANNED

The War Office is planning a publicity campaign to raise morale among the civilian and military communities in Malta.  The Island’s Governor and Commander in Chief has been approached for a report on the current morale of the population and troops.  He is also asked for information to add to the campaign, including details of air attacks, fighter successes against the enemy and life in Malta.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 20 JULY TO DAWN 21 JULY 1940

Weather  Fine and warm.

Kalafrana

Kalafrana (1)

0242-0320 hrs Air raid alert for three enemy aircraft which approach Malta from the east and make a series of low-flying attacks on Hal Far and Kalafrana, as well as in the sea.  Eight high explosive and incendiary bombs fall on land round Kalafrana, one penetrating a RAF speed launch causing severe damage.  High explosive bombs hit the Motor Transport section, tennis courts and a store.  Incendiary bombs land on the Power House Store and damage one Sunderland at its moorings.  Raiders also machine-gun Ghar Dalam and Hal Far searchlight stations.  Ack Ack guns at Ta Karach and Benghaisa engage the enemy.  One enemy aircraft picked up by searchlights is believed by ground light machine gun fire.    

Military casualties  Corporal William Hearl, 2nd Bn The Devonshire Regiment                   

OPERATIONS REPORTS SATURDAY 20 JULY 1940

AIR HQ  0515 hrs  Swordfish on anti-submarine patrol: nothing to report. 

KALAFRANA  Aircraft K5261 P/O Minchinton 202 Squadron on search patrol for Swordfish.  Eight recruits medically examined for the RAF.

(1) Josephs Militaria and Homefront Collection

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Posted by on July 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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One response to “20 July 1940: War Office Keen to Raise Morale in Malta

  1. Bruce McNair

    July 21, 2015 at 2:40 am

    This is such a great site!! My family has strong sentimental attachment to Malta as my Dad Buck McNair flew and fought during the siege. Particularly enjoyed Joseph’s Collection.

     

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