RSS

1 October 1940: Malta Under Blackout

01 Oct

Malta – World War 2. First visit to maltagc70? CLICK HERE  

Get daily updates direct to your computer – sign up to follow maltagc70 (see R)

HMS Mowhawk arrives for refit

HMS Mowahk

GOVERNMENT ISSUES ORDERS FOR IMMEDIATE BLACKOUT MEASURES

“All lights in Malta and Gozo shall be extinguished or so masked as to be invisible from the sea or from the air and so as to prevent any reflection being visible from the sea or from the air between the hours of sunrise and sunset.”

EVERY AIRCRAFT TO MALTA MUST CARRY MAIL

The lack of mail deliveries to Malta is still unresolved. The Island’s Governor and Commander in Chief fears a serious impact on troops’ morale it the situation is allowed to continue. In a telegram to the War Office today, Lt Gen Dobbie proposed measures to tackle the situation:

“In view of discontinuance of the Wellington mail service to Malta (as per Air Ministry telegram of September 27) it is most important that some bags of private mail for this garrison be put on every aircraft which comes to Malta en route for Egypt.

Malta is the most isolated of any station and it is most important for the well-being of the garrison that touch with home should be maintained in this way.”

AIR RAID REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 1940

  • Days without raids: 13
  • Total time under alert: 12 hours 9 mins
  • Average length of raid: 29 mins

AIR RAIDS DAWN 1 OCTOBER TO DAWN 2 OCTOBER 1940

Weather  Cloudy.

OPERATIONS REPORTS TUESDAY 1 OCTOBER 1940

ROYAL NAVY  Mohawk arrived for short refit. Four moored mines were swept by C308 on the edge of the search channel. The channel was closed and a new channel opened passing close off the entrance to Marsaxlokk Bay.

KALAFRANA Operation base for Sunderlands transferred to St Paul’s Bay due to sea conditions at Kalafrana. Ops carried out by Sunderland aircraft of 228 and 230 squadrons.

1st Bn KINGS OWN MALTA REGIMENT  Companies are reminded that a succession of long whistle blasts indicates enemy aircraft in sight; two long blasts repeated at intervals of five seconds indicates raiders passed.

8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT  Reinforcements from the UK: E Company was formed with Captain Bryant OC. The CO inspected new draft in the morning and officers were interviewed at Ta Saliba in the afternoon. Sunderland Flying Boats began operations from St Paul’s Bay and Ack Ack protection was arranged by posts in the vicinity.

All written content © maltagc70 unless otherwise attributed. For conditions of use contact bdmalta@btinternet.com

Advertisements
 
Leave a comment

Posted by on October 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Tags: , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: