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17 December 1940: Snow Falls on Malta in Record Freeze

17 Dec

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SNOW ON RABAT

Residents of the hill-top town of Rabat stared and shivered this morning as flakes of snow fell across the area.  Temperatures have plummeted in recent days, in what has been described as the coldest winter in Malta for 17 years.  While young children took to the streets excited at their first glimpse of snow, their parents were more concerned with how they will keep their families warm during this exceptionally cold spell.    

HMS Triton

HMS Triton

VESSELS MISSING

Two Malta-based vessels have bee reported missing after failing to return from missions in the past two days.  HMS Triton has been on patrol in the Adriatic and Free French submarine Narval on patrol off Kerkennah, Tunisia.  Both vessels failed to return from their missions and are now presumed lost.  The Italian news has claimed that one British submarine was successfully bombed in the central Mediterranean by an aircraft on 16 December.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 17 DECEMBER TO DAWN 18 DECEMBER 1940

Weather  Very cold and wet; some snow. 

0945 hrs  Air raid alert for enemy aircraft approaching the Island.  Malta fighters are scrambled to intercept.

1000 hrs  Six enemy raiders are identified ten miles north east of Grand Harbour.  They turn and head away from the Island over Delimara.

1026 hrs  Raiders passed sounds.

OPERATIONS REPORTS TUESDAY 17 DECEMBER 1940

ROYAL NAVY  Destroyer Griffin left to join the Mediterranean Fleet. 

8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT  A mine washed up in a dangerous position alongside a beach defence post; the post was evacuated.  The mine later disappeared.   

 

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