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8 November 1940: Former Airport Renamed RAF Station Ta Qali

08 Nov

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RAF TA QALI TO HOST FIGHTER SQUADRON

Ta Qali airfield before World War 2

Ta Qali airfield before World War 2

Malta’s former main airport was officially renamed today as Royal Air Force Station Ta Qali. The airfield’s new Commanding Officer is Wing Commander G R O’Sullivan leads a small HQ staff and the operational force is currently expected to be a single fighter squadron.

Ta Qali, which lies between Rabat and Valletta, was used as a civilian airfield before the war. Obstructions were placed on the site following the declaration of war by Italy, to prevent airborne landings by the enemy.  These have now been cleared ready for the full operation of the fighter station.

WELLINGTONS ATTACK ITALIAN TARGETS

Five Wellingtons from Malta today launched a successful bombing attack on the port of Brindisi, scoring a direct hit on the railway station. Four other Wellingtons attacked Naples, starting fires. 

SEVEN IN COURT ON CONSPIRACY CHARGES

Seven young men were charged in court today with “conspiracy and with having secretly distributed leaflets and other seditious matter”. After a trial before three judges, two of the accused were freed, three were sentenced to three years imprisonment, and the other two defendants were sentenced to four years. (1)

AIR RAIDS DAWN 8 NOVEMBER TO DAWN 9 NOVEMBER 1940

Weather  Fine.

No air raids.

OPERATIONS REPORTS FRIDAY 8 NOVEMBER 1940

AIR HQ  Arrivals 1 Sunderland.

KALAFRANA  Sunderland arrived from UK with spares and passengers.

2nd Bn KINGS OWN MALTA REGIMENT  Floating mine reported by detachment at Imtahleb, a few yards from the rockes at Ghar id Duieb. HQ of Northern Infantry Brigade notified.

ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS  1077 cartridges, life-expired, placed under 100% surveillance test to avoid destruction.

(1) When Malta Stood Alone, Joseph Micallef, Interprint Ltd Malta, 1981  

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