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MORE EVACUATIONS WOULD HARM MALTESE MORALE
The War Office has asked the Governor and C in C today whether there should be any more evacuations from the Malta and if so how many. However, as it is impossible to evacuate large numbers of Maltese, the telegram recognises that they may form the impression of being left to face the music while the British are removed to safety.
Lt Gen Dobbie responded in the strongest terms against compulsory evacuation on the grounds that it would have a most unfortunate effect on the morale of the civilian population in Malta. He also cites the considerable risks presented by a journey through the Mediterranean and believes that families are likely to be as safe on the Island as at sea, if not safer. However, he is not against voluntary departures, provided it is explained to such evacuees that they travel at their own risk. He is doubtful whether any large number would wish to go.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 13 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 14 SEPTEMBER 1940
Weather Fine; dull at times and fresh.
OPERATIONS REPORTS FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 1940
AIR HQ Arrivals 4 Sunderlands.
KALAFRANA Two Sunderlands 230 Squadron and two 228 Squadron under Squadron Leader Menzies arrived from Middle East for 3 days of operations.
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