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23 June 1941: Booby-Trap Bombs Hidden in Domestic Items

23 Jun

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TROOPS WARNED NOT TO TAMPER WITH SUSPECT OBJECTS

Troops in Malta have been given new warnings about booby-trap anti-personnel bombs. The Bomb Disposal Officer first issued a warning in April that small explosive canisters resembling shaving sticks or film containers had been dropped in Libya.  The warning has since been extended to include cigarette lighters, fountain pens, shaving sticks and similar objects.

fountain pen bomb enhanceThe canisters are evidently in two sections, often with a lid which explodes when unscrewed. Under orders issued today, troops have been told not to attempt to unscrew or dismantle any suspect object of this nature.  The following action is to be taken should they be found:

  • If on Military property, they should be collected by an officer or NCO, placed carefully in a bucket or similar container and stored in a safe place where they cannot be reached by unauthorised persons.
  • The matter will then be reported to General Staff in the same way as for unexploded bombs.
  • As it is unlikely that these objects would be dropped singly, before any are reported as being suspect, the locality must be carefully searched for others.

KINGS OWN MALTA REGIMENT HAS NEW UNIT

A new unit of Kings Own Malta Regiment has been officially inaugurated today. The KOMR Static Group will be led by Temporary Captain A V Mallia who has been appointed Acting Major in recognition of his new responsibilities.  His assistant will be Lt J F Pace Bonello.

Two Companies of 3rd Bn KOMR will be absorbed into the Static Group as A and C Companies; one Company of 2nd Bn KOMR will also be added.  Three other platoons of 2nd Bn KOMR will be included in the establishment of the Static Group but be under other commands at Pembroke and Tigne.

The Static Group KOMR will have its headquarters at St Andrews Barracks.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 23 JUNE TO DAWN 24 JUNE 1941

Weather  Hot and sunny.

No air raids.

Two submarines are reported surfacing three and six miles respectively from Marsalforn. Swordfish are sent to investigate but see nothing.  It is suspected that the submarines were searching for the missing pilot of a Macchi fighter shot down yesterday.

OPERATIONS REPORTS MONDAY 23 JUNE 1941

ROYAL NAVY 830 Squadron Fleet Air Arm 5 Swordfish despatched to attack Spanish Quay and port facilities in Tripoli Harbour. 7000 lbs of high explosives and 450 lbs of incendiaries were dropped.  Direct hits were observed on the railway, and a fire is started near a customs house. 

AIR HQ  Arrivals 1 Sunderland, 1 Heinkel 115 float plane. Departures 8 Blenheim.  4 Hurricanes attacked flying boats moored at Syracuse, scoring a number of hits on boats, a hangar and barracks.  69 Squadron 4 Marylands on reconnaissance; 1 Hurricane on photo-reconnaissance. 82 Squadron 3 Blenheims attacked an enemy ship near Kerkennah; scored near-misses.  Two aircraft went out for a second attempt to sink the ship but it had disappeared.

2nd Bn ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT  HE Governor & Commander in Chief visited Luqa to inspect the defences.

 

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