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LUFTWAFFE RECORD OF ATTACKS ON MALTA 19 MARCH 1942
- 1 JU 88** 4 x 250kg (Ta Qali Aerodrome)
- 4 ME 109** 4 x 250kg (Grand Harbour)
- 5 JU 88** 20 x 250kg; 30 x 50kg (Grand Harbour)
- 6 JU 88** 24 x 500kg (Marsaxlokk)
- 10 JU 88** 8 x 500kg; 15 x 250kg; 36 x 50kg (Ta Qali Aerodrome)
- 3 JU 88** 12 x 250kg; 24 x 50kg (Luqa and Safi strip)
- 6 JU 88** 20 x 500kg (West of Luqa)
- 13 JU 88* 44 x 250kg; 100 x 50kg (Positions on South Malta)
Weather Wind westerly. No cloud.
0710 hrs Two ME 109s approach the Island. One dives on a submarine in Grand Harbour, then flies over Ta Qali and Luqa at 5000 feet. Light Ack Ack engage.
0725 hrs Three gun positions of 225 Light Ack Ack Battery (LAA) engage one ME 109: no claims.
0740 hrs All clear.
0957-1027 hrs One JU 88 drops bombs on St Paul’s Bay and Wardia Ridge. Light Ack Ack engage: no claims.
1053-1122 hrs One JU 88 and two ME 109s carry out reconnaissance. Heavy Ack Ack engage: no claims.
1128-1143 hrs Two ME 109s patrol round the Island without crossing the coast.
1405 hrs Three JU 88s bomb Sliema, Gzira and St Julians.
One Beaufort heading into Malta from Gibraltar crash-lands at Hal Far, its rear gunner wounded in combat with a ME 110. The crew proceeds to Luqa.
1443 hrs Six JU 88s drop twenty-four 500kg high explosive (HE) bombs on Hal Far and Benghaisa gun position. One JU 88 is damaged by Light Ack Ack. One man is injured at a Light Ack Ack position. Two bombs hit headquarters of B Company, 11th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers, demolishing half of the buildings, including officers’ quarters. 2/Lt Wilsher and seven Other Ranks are admitted to hospital.
1500 hrs One gun position of 225 LAA engages one JU 88: no claims. One gun position is damaged by bombing and ammunition is destroyed. Gunner McDermott is injured by bomb splinters and removed to No 45 General Hospital.
1540 hrs All clear.
1617 hrs One JU 88 carries out reconnaissance, followed by six JU 88s which drop 23 high explosive bombs on Ta Qali.
1630 hrs Three JU 88s drop 36 HE bombs on Safi strip and Luqa.
1700 hrs Six JU 88s drop twenty 500kg HE bombs on Luqa, east of Qrendi and Nigret. Heavy Ack Ack engage. One Wellington at Luqa is burned out, one damaged; one Maryland is slightly damaged.
1705 hrs 36 HE bombs land on Ta Qali camp, damaging two buildings. One Beaufighter under repair is partly burned out; another Beaufighter, a fighter Blenheim and two Hurricanes are slightly damaged.
1718 hrs A stick of bombs drops on the area of San Kristu church.
1800 hrs Five JU 88s drop HE bombs through Mqabba village to within 300 yards of Zurrieq village, straddling headquarters of D Company, 4th Bn Hampshire Regt.
1820 hrs One bomb falls 100 yards from headquarters of 3rd Bn Kings Own Malta Regt; another near Tal Hniena Chapel.
2120-0016 hrs Five aircraft approach the Island and drop bombs in the sea, and on land across Qrendi, Kalafrana and Luqa. Incendiary bombs are dropped on the Benghaisa area. Heavy Ack Ack engage.
0151-0306 hrs Seven aircraft approach the Island and drop bombs in the sea and on land at Tal Qroqq and Ta Giorni. Night fighters and Heavy Ack Ack engage. One JU 88 is damaged by fighters.
Military casualties Gunner Joseph Moloney, 32nd Light Ack Ack Regiment, Royal Artillery; 2nd Lieutenant Richard Morgan, 74th Light Ack Ack Regiment, Royal Artillery.
Civilian casualties Gzira Paul Vassallo, age 50. Lija Paul Azzopardi, age 39. Sliema Mikiel Borg, age 64.
OPERATIONS REPORTS THURSDAY 19 MARCH 1942
ROYAL NAVY Unbeaten returned from patrol off Spartivento having sunk a U boat and probably hit a large merchant vessel. Embarked torpedoes and left again non patrol. Upright sailed for Gibraltar and UK to refit.
AIR HQ Arrivals Two Blenheims, seven Beauforts from Gibraltar.
LUQA 1536-1940 hrs One Maryland 69 Squadron SF5 patrol
TA QALI No scrambles. No night operations.
1st BN THE CHESHIRE REGIMENT CO and Company Commanders visited loading demonstrations at 1st Bn Durham Light Infantry. 1930-2200 hrs Night firing by platoons C Company on Pembroke Ranges.
1ST BN THE DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY Vehicle loading demonstration to be inspected by all Brigades.
2ND BN THE ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS Exercise attack on Victoria Lines by D and C Companies. A and B defended. Fusilier Thompson was hit by bomb shrapnel in Sliema and killed.
KINGS OWN MALTA REGIMENT 1st Bn reports a stick of bombs in the sea off Post MB5.
8TH BN THE KINGS OWN ROYAL REGIMENT Demonstration Platoon and Company truck loading.
11TH BN THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS 1700 hrs Lecture at Marsa for all officers on “Correct Orders to Forward Artillery in Support of Infantry Attack.”
FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Bomb Disposal UXB Reported 16-20 March 35 (average 7 per day).
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