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19 August 1940: Fighter Plane Fund Reaches Target in 20 Days

19 Aug

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FIGHTER FUND SUCCESS PROMPTS ORGANISERS TO GO FOR SECOND FIGHTER

Fighter plane fund aims to buy Spitfire for Malta

Fighter plane fund aims to buy Spitfire for Malta

Malta’s Fighter Plane Fund has already reached its target of £6000, less than three weeks after its launch. Intended as an expression of gratitude to the RAF for their defence of the Maltese Islands, the fund was inaugurated on 30 July by the Anglo-Maltese League with an announcement in the Times of Malta. Within four days the total had reached nearly £2000.  

Notable contributors have included Lord and Lady Strickland, the NAAFI shop at Imtarfa Barracks and SB Staff at HMS St Angelo but people across the Island have given according to their means. Collection boxes across the Island have attracted contributions from as little as a farthing to a few shillings. Fundraising events have included film shows, dances, concerts and football matches.

With money still coming in, the League have decided to continue collecting, with the aim of funding a second fighter.

GOVERNMENT TO USE PRICE TO LIMIT LEVEL OF CIVILIAN AIR MAIL

The Malta Government is proposing a premium price for civilian air mail in order to keep the number of letters down to a manageable level. The Governor and C in C wrote to the Air Ministry today suggesting a charge of 1 shilling 3 pence postage per half ounce letter. Lt Gen Dobbie is keen for the service to start as soon as the price is agreed in London.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 19 AUGUST TO DAWN 20 AUGUST 1940

Weather  Dull and overcast; hot.

1227-1240 hrs Air raid alert for three enemy aircraft which approach to within three miles of Malta but turn away without crossing the coast or dropping bombs.

1619-1651 hrs Air raid alert for a small number of enemy aircraft reported to be approaching the Island from the west; raid does not materialise. Three Blenheim bombers arrive at Luqa.

OPERATIONS REPORTS MONDAY 19 AUGUST 1940

Nothing to report.

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