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EVACUEES RETURN TO THREE CITIES WHILE OTHERS FLEE VALLETTA AND FLORIANA
Thousands of Maltese are on the move again, thanks to the increase in air raid shelters in target areas on the Island. During the past month alone more than 3000 evacuees have returning to their homes either because of the new provision, or the promise of air raid shelter accommodation in their home district. All areas around Grand Harbour have registered increases in population. A total of 41 people have moved back to Cottonera, 397 to Paola and Tarxien; 366 to Zabbar and 669 to the Sliema area.
Meanwhile others are still leaving danger areas due to continuous sleepless nights caused by air raids. During the month 159 have fled to safety from Valletta and Floriana, both of which have recently heavily bombed recently. 1790 have left from Qormi and 402 from Balzan. 375 have found refuge in Birkirkara, 353 in Mellieha, 150 in Zurrieq and 131 in Zebbug. (1)
NEW FIGHTER SQUADRON FOR MALTA
A new fighter squadron has been formed at Ta Qali today following the recent arrivals of new Hurricane aircraft on the Island. 126 Squadron will be led by Wing Commander Alexander C Rabagliati who arrived in Malta as part of Operation ‘Rocket’ on 6 June with other members of 46 Squadron, members of which will form the core of the new squadron.
W/Cdr Rabagliati has already been very active in fighter operations over Malta, having shared in the destruction of one SM79 and damaged two more, destroyed a CR42, destroyed one Macchi and damaged a second in just three weeks.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 28 JUNE TO DAWN 29 JUNE 1941
Weather Hot and sunny.
No air raids.
OPERATIONS REPORTS SATURDAY 28 JUNE 1941
ROYAL NAVY All available submarines (Union, Upright, Unique, Upholder) to patrol East of Messina to intercept Vichy French vessels thought likely to proceed to support Syria.
AIR HQ Arrivals 6 Wellington, 1 Sunderland. 69 Squadron 5 Marylands on reconnaissance; 1 Hurricane on photo-reconnaissance.
FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Bomb Disposal UXB reported 1; dealt with 1 (130lb HE).
(1) When Malta Stood Alone, Joseph Micallef, Interprint Malta 1981
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