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10 August 1940: Lull in Attacks Temporary, Says Admiral

10 Aug

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Malta unsafe as submarine base (NWMA Malta)

Malta unsafe as submarine base (NWMA Malta)

MALTA STILL UNDER THREAT

Despite the recent lull in enemy air attacks, Vice Admiral Malta has warned that it is still unsafe for the Mediterranean fleet to use the Island as a base. Thanks to the recent reduction in the scale of air raids, the dockyard has returned to almost normal working conditions. However, the decrease in attacks is believed to be temporary – and may be due to the enemy’s belief that severe damage has been done to the dockyard infrastructure.

SECRET STORE HOUSES

Plans to establish a six month reserve of stores on Malta ran into difficulties today as the Island lacks suitable safe storage facilities to house such a large quantity of supplies. Underground chambers are seen as the best way to keep stores safe from bombing raids but it will take at least six months to excavate such facilities. Meanwhile the Vice Admiral Malta has approved a plan to use two oil fuel tanks to accommodate service and Government stores. Work is already underway to clean out the tanks ready for the first delivery of supplies.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 10 AUGUST TO DAWN 11 AUGUST 1940

Weather  Fine and hot.

1820 hrs  An enemy flying boat of unknown type touches down 20 miles east of Delimara and proceeds to patrol 40 miles south of the Island.

1823-1840 hrs  Air raid alert. No enemy aircraft are seen and no bombs dropped.

OPERATIONS REPORTS SATURDAY 10 AUGUST 1940

AIR HQ  0920-1156 hrs One Hudson on photographic reconnaissance of Sciacca and Gela aerodromes. One Breda 88 approached but did not engage. A large landing ground was observed six miles NE of Gela town.  

2nd Bn ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT  Instructions for static defence of Marsa issued to all relevant units.

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