11 January 1942: Church Bells Warn of Invasion

11 Jan

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St Publius Church

Malta’s church bells will no longer signal the ‘All Clear’ but will instead only be used to raise a ‘General Alarm’, such as for an invasion.  Since the onset of war, bells have been silenced except when required for the war effort. 

The ‘Alert’ will now be signalled by a warbling note on a siren or the firing of three petards.  The ‘Raiders Passed’ signal will be a steady note from the siren.


Army working parties are continuing the construction of dispersal facilities at Luqa and Safi, despite appalling weather conditions.  Heavy showers and gales are making the ground heavy to work and affecting progress on these essential facilities.

AIR RAIDS 0001 HRS TO 2359 HRS 11 JANUARY 1942

Weather   Cloudy, cold and windy; heavy showers.

0901-0904 hrs  Raid does not materialise.

0914-0940 hrs  One aircraft approaches from the south and drops bombs in the sea, receding before guns can engage.  Two Hurricanes give chase but do not make contact.

1247-1302 hrs  One aircraft approaches from the north and crosses the coast near Kalafrana, dropping bombs at Hal Far, Gudja and San Pietru where slight damage is caused at a Heavy Ack Ack (HAA) gun position.  HAA fire barrages.

1409-1429 hrs  Three bombers approach the Island from the north east but none crosses the coast.  Bombs are dropped in the sea ten miles east of the Island.

1517-1535 hrs  One JU 88 approaches from the north, crosses the coast near Dingli at 13000 feet, descends to 9000 feet and drops bombs on Luqa – causing no damage.  Heavy Ack Ack engages but a barrage is not possible due to friendly aircraft over Luqa.

Military casualties  CSM John Busuttil, 1st Bn, King’s Own Malta Regiment.

Civilian casualties  Luqa  Rosina Vella, age 47.

1615-1654 hrs  Raid does not materialise.

2252-2353 hrs  One aircraft approaches from the north and carries out a patrol to the east of the Island, dropping bombs in the sea.  Heavy Ack Ack fire immediate barrages.

Night  Two nuisance raids only. Bombs dropped in the sea.


AIR HQ  Arrivals two Beaufighters, one Blenheim from Gibraltar.  Departures: four Blenheims, one Beaufighter to 108 MU; two Blenheims to El Adem; one Catalina to Cairo.

LUQA  69 Squadron  One Maryland SF15 patrol.  40 Squadron  Five Wellingtons attacked shipping in Tripoli Harbour.

TA QALI  Aerodrome unserviceable: no scrambles.  61 airmen posted from Luqa for maintenance of fighter Blenheims.  Army exercise for defence posts asked for and arranged for 12 January.

FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Bomb Disposal UXB  Reported 3; not including anti-personnel bombs and incendiaries.


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