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10 September 1940: Raid Free Days Bring No Peace

10 Sep

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CLERGYMAN FEELS STRAIN OF WAITING FOR NEXT RAID

Extract from the diary of Reverend Reginald M. Nicholls, Chancellor of St.Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Valletta

“We had a rather a bad raid three days ago – 7th September – bad in the sense that the Dockyard was attacked again – and the planes – a large number – were right over our heads, and we heard the bombs falling.

Since then we have had two clear days, and a third if we get through today unmolested (it is 6.15 pm) I think that “waiting for it” is trying. The worst thing of all is to wake up happy having forgotten that there is a war on. This has not happened to me for some time.” (1)

French Latecoere with Sunderland at Kalafrana

French Latecoere with Sunderland at Kalafrana

FREE FRENCH CREW NAVIGATES STORM WITH NO CHARTS

The French crew of a Latecoere seaplane now based on Malta have landed safely at Kalafrana after a hazardous journey. The aircraft set off at 10.15 pm, using cover of darkness to embark on a dangerous mission to fly Commandant Robert, a supporter of General de Gaulle who has been staying in Malta, to the Tunisian coast.

Despite the risks of attack from north African ground and air forces, the first part of the mission was completed successfully. However, a heavy swell while the Latecoere lay on the surface swept the navigation charts overboard. The aircraft had to embark on the return journey without them and the crew were forced to follow a route via Sicily to reach Malta.

As they flew northwards strong winds threatened to blow them off course. Finally they neared Malta where they faced a fierce thunderstorm over the Island. Despite this the pilot managed to land the aircraft safely at Kalafrana in the early hours of the morning. He was later interviewed by AOC and GOC who congratulated him on the mission.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 10 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 11 SEPTEMBER 1940

Weather  Dull at first, brighter later; scirocco.

2255 hrs  Defence post reports the sound of an engine out to sea to the north north west; confirmed 2305 hrs.

0448-0509 hrs Air raid alert caused by a French sea plane landing in Malta.

OPERATIONS REPORTS TUESDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 1940

8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT  Brigade officer in charge of admin congratulated all ranks who took part in unloading the convoy.

2nd Bn ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS Training continued. Erection of anti-tank wire begun towards Victoria Lines.

(1) Courtesy of website: Malta Family History

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