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22 November 1940: Dangerous Ammunition Falls in Raid

22 Nov

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Ack Ack at Delimara shot down a CR42 today

Ack Ack at Delimara shot down a CR42 today

CIVILIANS AND MILITARY PERSONNEL AT RISK FROM EXPLODING BULLETS

Warnings have been issued across Malta tonight following the fall of dangerous ammunition from an enemy aircraft. The incident occurred during the second of two air raids in the early hours of this morning, when an enemy aircraft came under anti-aircraft fire over Marsa.  Objects were observed falling from the Italian plane over Marsa and over Valletta.  On investigation they were found to be heavy machine gun ammunition, explosive and tracer bullets on metal belts. 

The Italian explosive bullets are particularly dangerous if handled: any small pressure on the nose of the bullet will cause it to detonate. Urgent warnings have been issued to the public not to touch any such objects but to report them immediately to the authorities.  Civil defence and military personnel have been instructed to handle the ammunition with great care.

BOMBING RAIDS ON ITALY

Three Blenheims escorted by nine Gladiators bombed the Italian line of retreat at Pogradets today, causing fires and explosions.

MALTA CASUALTY STATISTICS RELEASED

It has been announced officially that 96 civilians have been killed and 188 injured in air raids since Italy entered the war, while 290 houses have been damaged severely.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 22 NOVEMBER TO DAWN 23 NOVEMBER 1940

Weather  Fine.

0902-0925 hrs  Air raid alert for twelve Italian CR42 fighters in two formations of six which approach from the north at 21000 feet. They cross the coast for one minute, during which time anti-aircraft guns engage with heavy and accurate fire, shooting down one CR42 which crashes into the sea eight miles south east of Delimara.

OPERATIONS REPORTS FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER 1940

AIR HQ Departures 1 Sunderland.

KALAFRANA  Sunderland left for Gibraltar.

8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT  E Coy practiced street fighting in Iz Zebbieh; GOC and Brigadier present.

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