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2 February 1941: Rationing to be Introduced in Malta

02 Feb

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Shopping will soon depend on a ration card.

Shopping will soon depend on a ration card.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION OFFICE TO BE SET UP

The Government has decided to start a ration scheme on a national basis for the more efficient distribution and conservation of food. A new department, the Food Distribution Office, will be set up, under the direction of Marquis Barbaro of St George, who has already run an effective rationing system in his home district.

All heads of families will be required to register at the local Protection Office and state the number and ages of members of their household. They must also state the name of the retailer from whom they propose to buy rations.  From this information, calculations of supplies of commodities to retailers will be allocated.  Ration cards will be issued to householders in due course.  Sugar, condensed milk and laundry soap are among the first products expected to be rationed.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 2 FEBRUARY TO DAWN 3 FEBRUARY 1941

Weather  Fine, cold.

1047-1057 hrs  Air raid alert for enemy aircraft reported nine miles from the Island; raid does not materialise.

2350-0005 hrs  Air raid alert; raid does not materialise.

OPERATIONS REPORTS SUNDAY 2 FEBRUARY 1941

ROYAL NAVY  Under cover of a cruiser force engaged on another operation, Decoy sailed on completion of damage repairs, and Defender arrived for refit. 

AIR HQ 148 Squadron Wellingtons attacked Castel Benito aerodrome. 0545-1000 hrs Maryland photoreconnaissance Taranto. 0735-1100 hrs Maryland photoreconnaissance Tripoli: Castel Benito approx. 50 aircraft mostly light camouflaged bombers; signs of fortifications five miles east of aerodrome. 0751-1307 hrs Sunderland patrol sighted hospital ships flying Italian flag. 0945-1428 hrs Maryland photoreconnaissance Naples and special task area; latter not approached due to cloud.  Factories near Pozzuoli show signs of considerable activity. 1045 hrs Spitfire photoreconnaissance Genoa, Leghorn, Spezia reported considerably overdue; no further information available.      

LUQA 69 Squadron  One Maryland photoreconnaissance Taranto; one Maryland photoreconnaissance Tripoli, Castel Benito, Zuara; one Maryland photoreconnaissance Naples not completed due to weather. 148 Squadron  Seven Wellingtons bombing attack on Castel Benito.

TA QALI  F/Lt Corbishley DFC on photoreconnaissance Spitfire is missing, believed taken prisoner.

8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT  60 per cent morning ‘stand to’ system in operation.

 

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