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STORES FOR MALTA
The co-ordinating committee in Alexandria for the supply of stores to Malta have informed the Island’s Governor that there will be 7000 tons of shipping space available in the next sailing, after providing for Naval, military and RAF requirements. The committee have made the following recommendations:
- That the Government of Malta should finance the purchase of essential civil requirements.
- That purchases should be made locally in the Middle East and shipped direct to the Government of Malta.
- That the British Consul General at Alexandria will act as the Governor’s representative.
- Freight and insurance charges are to be borne by the British government, details being arranged between the Director of Sea Transport and the Colonial Office.
It is considered that these arrangements should ensure comparative secrecy, since commodities will be stored after purchase and shipped under military arrangements.
WAR OFFICE TO SEND EMPTY FUEL CANS
The War Office notified the Governor and Commander in Chief today that 20,000 empty two gallon petrol cans have been despatched to Malta.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 8 AUGUST TO DAWN 9 AUGUST 1940
Weather Fine; very humid.
1302-1330 hrs Air raid alert for six enemy aircraft which pass north to south over the Island, to the east of Tarxien. No bombs are dropped. Malta fighters are scrambled but do not intercept.
OPERATIONS REPORTS THURSDAY 8 AUGUST 1940
ROYAL NAVY 2000 hrs Proteus arrived and rammed and sank Andromeda when shifting berth.
KINGS OWN MALTA REGIMENT Private Muscat, B Coy 1st Bn injured by an explosion at Selmun and sent to Mtarfa Hospital.
2nd Bn ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT Reconnaissance of the Marsa area with Fortress Royal Engineers.
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