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FUEL CONSUMPTION MUST BE REDUCED,SAYS GOVERNOR
The Governor and Commander in Chief today warned that Malta could run out of fuel in five weeks if current storage facilities are hit by enemy bombing raids. Present fuel stocks would be enough for 22 weeks, but only if use is strictly rationed. However, most of the existing fuel stocks are held in Shell above-ground tanks which are vulnerable to destruction at any time.
Lt Gen Dobbie is introducing measures to reduce fuel consumption on the Island to 30000 gallons of motor transport petrol a week. Until underground storage is available, he has arranged to import petrol in either 44 gallon drums or 4 gallon tins, until a reserve is amassed equal to eight months’ usage. The new drums and tins will be dispersed as far as possible, to avoid significant loss of supply during air raids.
Operations are also underway to create underground fuel tanks for the Royal Navy and RAF. Scheduled for completion early next year, these will provide immediate secure storage facilities for fuel reserves.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 16 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 17 SEPTEMBER 1940
Weather Fine and warm.
0732-0816 hrs Air raid alert for six enemy aircraft which approach the Island at 19000 feet over Salina and turn north over Ta Saliba and Mellieha. They later return over St Paul’s Bay and fly onto Grand Harbour before turning away north and east. No bombs are dropped.
Military casualties Gunner John Manara, Royal Malta Artillery.
OPERATIONS REPORTS MONDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 1940
AIR HQ Departures 1 Sunderland
KALAFRANA Two Sunderlands on patrol; one left for Alexandria.
8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT A regulation Air Mail today.
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