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- Continuous thunderstorms flood airfields and damage buildings
- Ta Qali barracks leaking: conditions ‘deplorable’
- Storm conditions prevent enemy raids and air ops
GOVERNOR WARNS FUEL STOCKS WILL RUN OUT IN JUNE
From: Governor & C in C Malta To: The War Office
Following for Chiefs of Staff. Most Secret.
The non arrival of the recent incoming convoy has accentuated a supply situation which is already unsatisfactory.
2. Present position is that supplies generally will last until end of June with following important exceptions.
(a) Kerosene will last only till mid June and coal early June.
(b) Motor transport petrol will last until end of April or early May. This does not include Fortress reserve of 750 tons DTD 230 and 224 which it is essential to keep in case we are attacked.
(c) Submarine diesel is down to two months and furnace oil (for HM ships and civil generating station) to 5900 tons. Bombs are at three months on present consumption. Stocks of cement, timber and small arms ammunition are inadequate.
3. All service and civil expenditure of petrol has been cut to the bone. Training of army units is almost at a standstill and important works have been stopped or curtailed. Further cuts would prejudice our offensive activities and defence of Island. Consumption of all other items has been reduced to a minimum, especially drastic cuts having been made on coal, fodder and kerosene.
4. The minimum amount required for month to prevent stocks of all items service and civil falling below present level is 15000 tons, on basis of present consumption reduced as it is to siege conditions. It would be most undesirable to have to remain indefinitely on this basis.
5. Until situation in Cyrenaica radically changes difficulties of getting convoys from east will not diminish. Consider it essential to explore seriously and very urgently possibility using all other available means of getting supplies not only from east but from west also. This is all the more important if situation French North Africa is likely to deteriorate. I am sure these things are being closely considered by you but I feel it important to point out very clearly that the problem is an urgent one.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 18 FEBRUARY TO DAWN 19 FEBRUARY 1942
Weather Wind north west. Continuous rain; very cold.
1016-1022 hrs Aircraft identified as friendly.
Military casualties Able Seaman Cyril Jennings, Royal Navy, St Angelo (died of wounds); Private Alexander Hawksley, 1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment.
OPERATIONS REPORTS WEDNESDAY 18 FEBRUARY 1942
AIR HQ Arrivals Four Beaufighters from Gibraltar.
HAL FAR No operations owing to very bad weather.
LUQA 69 Squadron One Maryland Just 2 patrol; one Maryland Just 1 patrol; one Beaufighter photo-reconnaissance Tripoli Harbour.
TA QALI Part of Old Station HQ building blown off. Aerodrome unserviceable due to rain and weather conditions. Steps taken to find alternative accommodation due to damaged, leaking barrack blocks. Two houses taken at Mosta and men moved in. Conditions on camp deplorable.
1st BN THE CHESHIRE REGIMENT Petrol-less day. Heavy rain all day. No air raids. Private Hawksley died in Central Civil Hospital.
1ST BN THE DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY Information was received that all A Company and details were safe in the Middle East.
8TH BN THE KINGS OWN ROYAL REGIMENT Weather very squally. Marqee used as Orderly Room ripped by wind and had to be struck.
11TH BN THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS Luqa working party continued but cancelled at 1200 hours – extremely heavy rain: heaviest this winter.
8TH BN THE MANCHESTER The Battalion supplied working parties for Ta Qali aerodrome, approximately 100 men.
FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Bomb Disposal UXB Reported 1; dealt with 1 (250kg) not including anti-personnel bombs and incendiaries.
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