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19 February 1942: First Raid-Free Day Since 1 December

19 Feb

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THUNDER AND LIGHTNING REPLACES ‘DONNER UND BLITZEN

The only violent crashes heard over Malta today came from the continuing heavy storms.  After eleven weeks of constant air raids the enemy stayed away as the Island battled with a natural onslaught from the weather.  Conditions also kept most Allied aircraft grounded, as floods made Ta Qali and Hal Far airfields unusable.  But as soon as the weather clears, the Luftwaffe will inevitably return.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 19 FEBRUARY TO DAWN 20 FEBRUARY 1942

Weather  Wind north east.  Continuous heavy rain; low clouds.  Storm conditions.

0845 hrs  Two aircraft of Ta Qali’s 249 Squadron scramble from Luqa: nothing to report.

0940 hrs  Six aircraft of 249 Squadron scramble from Luqa: nothing to report.

OPERATIONS REPORTS: THURSDAY 19 FEBRUARY 1942

AIR HQ  Departures  Four Beaufighters to 108 MU; two Beaufighters to LG 224.

HAL FAR  No operations owing to very bad weather.

LUQA  69 Squadron  One Maryland SF1 patrol.  21 Squadron  Three Blenheims despatched on mission.  Shipping sweep Kerkennah – Bjerba – Misrata.  No aircraft missing.

TA QALI  Aerodrome unserviceable owing to rain.  Three of six aircraft 249 Squadron scrambled 0940 hrs from Luqa went on as bombers to Comiso.  No night operations.

1st BN THE CHESHIRE REGIMENT  Heavy rain most of the day.  Battalion TEWT.  Companies did cross-country run in the afternoon.  Funeral of Private Hawksley at St Andrews.

1ST BN THE DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY  Battalion Skeleton Scheme in the area of Nadur Tower. Commanding Officer gave a lecture to Central Infantry Brigade on the “Defences of Tobruk” at the British Institute, Valletta.

11TH BN THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS  Luqa working party temporarily cancelled due to aerodrome under water.  Gales still blowing.  Battalion signal exercise for all officers: failed to contact A and D companies owing to atmospheric interference.

FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Bomb Disposal UXB  Reported 1; not including anti-personnel bombs and incendiaries.

 

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