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APPEAL LAUNCHED TO BUY FIGHTER PLANES FOR MALTA
An appeal was launched today to raise funds for a fighter plane to serve over Malta. The initiative is a response to recent reductions of fighter strength to critical levels. The appeal is being organised by the Anglo-Maltese League, in conjunction with Barclays Bank and Allied Malta Newspapers.
Announcing the campaign in the Times, the organisers said: “None can have failed to appreciate the great service of the Royal Air Force in the air defence of these Islands against the bombing attacks by Italian aeroplanes, nor can any have failed to observe that other territories of the British Empire have subscribes towards providing additional planes for the Royal Air Force. The Anglo-Maltese League, in full conviction that it is fulfilling the earnest desire of all Maltese and English people in these Islands, has consequently undertaken to open a fund, which has been styled ‘The Fighter Plane Fund, Malta’ in order that a ‘fighter’ may be presented to the British Government for service over Malta and as an expression of Malta’s admiration for and gratitude to the Royal Air Force.” (1)
AIR RAIDS DAWN 30 JULY TO DAWN 31 JULY 1940
Weather Cloudy, hot and humid.
1035-1045 hrs Air raid alert for two enemy bombers and nine fighters which approach to within five miles of the Island but then turn back. Malta’s fighters are scrambled but do not intercept. No bombs are dropped.
OPERATIONS REPORTS TUESDAY 30 JULY 1940
ROYAL NAVY Oswald reported three troopships escorted by six destroyers steering south from the Straits of Messina. The signal was received too late for air action to be taken.
(1) Malta: Blitzed But Not Beaten, Philip Vella, Progress Press 1985
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