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25 September 1940: Bomb Disposal Squads Clear 32 UXBs

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RAF AND RAOC CLEAR AIR FIELDS

Bomb disposal teams from the RAF and RAOC have cleared 32 unexploded bombs (UXB) across the airfields of Hal Far and Luqa. The bombs were dropped in air raids on 15 and 17 September and have been cordoned off since then; none has exploded in that time   The RAF dealt with 13 UXBs within the aerodromes. RAOC officers Captain R L Jephson Jones and Lt W M Eastman RAOC with their staff of Royal Engineers concentrated on those outside the perimeter of the airfields.

The bombs all carried German Rheinmetal fuzes. Armed with information from Bomb Disposal Headquarters in the UK about these fuzes, the bomb disposal squads was decided that the majority of the bombs could be defuzed; the remainder were blown up. Once rendered harmless, some of the bombs were kept by the RAOC while the rest were collected by the Royal Navy and dumped at sea.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 25 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 26 SEPTEMBER 1940

Weather  Fine.

1132-1219 hrs  Air raid alert for one formation of eight enemy Macchi 200 fighters which fly over the Island at 20000 feet. Three Hurricanes and two Gladiators are scrambled and engage the raiders in a dog fight at 22000 feet, shooting down one Macchi which crashes on land near a military defence post at Delimara, killing the pilot. The Fort reports incendiary bombs near the anti-aircraft searchlight half a mile away. Ack Ack guns also engage the enemy: one aircraft is believed damaged but is not seen to crash.  

Enemy casualties  Maresciallo Gino Lagi, 79th Squadriglia, 6th Gruppo, 1st Stormo, pilot of Macchi C200 shot down and died.

Narval Free French submarine joins Allied ops at Malta (1)

Narval Free French submarine joins Allied ops at Malta (1)

OPERATIONS REPORTS WEDNESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 1940

ROYAL NAVY  French submarine Narval sailed on first patrol under Free French colours. Rorqual sailed on patrol.

8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT  CO expressed appreciation for work done by A and B Coys digging up unexploded bombs.

(1)  Expedition Scyllas

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Posted by on September 25, 2020 in 1940, September 1940

 

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21 September 1940: Malta Faces Food Shortages

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Poor House Luqa saved from unexploded bomb

Poor House Luqa saved from unexploded bomb

POLICE TO CARRY OUT SPOT CHECKS FOR HOARDING

From today, police will carrying out spot checks on grocers’ shops across in an operation to root out hoarding. The Food and Commerce Control Officer (FCCO) told the Council of Government that Malta is facing shortages of essential commodities and it believes that hoarding is adding significantly to the problem.

He went on to explain that despite current supplies of staple food items being sufficient to make rationing unnecessary, shortages are beginning to appear among certain commodities. This is not only a problem of stockpiling by individual households; some grocers are suspected of building up a surplus in order to charge higher prices for essential items.

Up to now the FCCO has been issuing a fixed amount of essential commodities to be issued to wholesalers for distribution each month, based on normal rates of consumption. However, it seems the supplies are no longer able to meet demand. The FCCO believes that hoarding has created these shortages.  

Evidence has emerged that many are already hoarding several food items. As a result essential commodities are disappearing from grocery shops and remain unavailable for long periods as the Island faces delays in supply deliveries. Some grocers appear to be selling without any special restriction or attempt to even out supply. Where grocers do try to ration fairly, some families are sending different members to different grocers to obtain multiple supplies.

The spot checks are part of a determined effort by the FCCO to root out hoarding and ensure an even supply and fair pricing for essentials. To combat artificial price rises, it is also proposed to announce publicly the appropriate prices of essential commodities – possibly after Mass every Sunday. (1)

AIR RAIDS DAWN 21 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 22 SEPTEMBER 1940

Weather  Fine with scirocco.

No air raids.

OPERATIONS REPORTS SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 1940

FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS  Practice ‘Man Marsa’ out to various posts.

ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS Bomb Disposal UXB  Incendiary x 1 Poor House, Luqa.

(1) When Malta Stood Alone, Joseph Micallef, Interprint Malta 1981

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Posted by on September 21, 2020 in 1940, September 1940

 

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20 September 1940: Lack of Mail Affects Troop Morale

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Air Mail malta bwONLY TWO LETTERS PER MAN IN FOUR MONTHS

The lack of mail from home is causing considerable uneasiness among troops in Malta. According to the Governor and Commander in Chief, in the last four months only two letters on average per man have been received from the UK. Of the mail received, a significant amount has consisted of trade circulars and advertising materials. Despite many opportunities for mail to be carried out by sea and air the regular air mail service proposed weeks ago has still not been put in place.

Since the increase in air attacks on the Home Front, troops’ anxiety for the welfare of their relatives has considerably increased. The problem has been made worse by an almost total lack of English newspapers and the necessarily vague nature of wireless news reports.

Lt Gen Dobbie has written to the War Office today expressing his concerns, saying that the transmission of all recent mail and any backlog to Malta is now of urgent importance, with mail from dependents having the highest priority.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 20 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 21 SEPTEMBER 1940

Weather  Dull with showery periods.

No air raids.

OPERATIONS REPORTS FRIDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 1940

AIR HQ  Arrivals 1 Sunderland.

KALAFRANA  One Sunderland arrives from Middle East with spares for grounded Sunderland.

ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS Bomb Disposal UXB  High explosive 3 x 130lb Luqa.

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Posted by on September 20, 2020 in 1940, September 1940

 

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19 September 1940: Malta Infantry Garrison ‘Dangerously Weak’

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GOVERNOR WARNS ISLAND COULD NOT REPEL ATTACK FROM THE SEA

Dragonara Palace needs new depth post

Dragonara Palace needs new depth post

The infantry garrison of Malta would be ‘dangerously weak’ if the Island were attacked from the sea, the Governor and Commander in Chief said today. He was replying to a telegram from the War Office, which is currently reviewing Malta’s Infantry Garrison in response to the recent escalation of air attacks. Lt Gen Dobbie was asked for a report on the present situation, outlining the current infantry situation and giving reasons for the reinforcement with two battlalions which he has requested.

The Governor and C in C stated today that five infantry battalions are engaged in beach defences, using 16 British companies and one of the Kings Own Malta Regiment (KOMR). Each battalion covers on average 15 miles of coastline. A total of eight companies cover the defence of the three aerodromes. In addition, a Fortress reserve battalion can be seconded from these defences (with support of the Royal Engineers and Royal Army Service Corps) for launching a counter-attack but this would leave the aerodromes partially undefended. 2nd and 3rd Battalions KOMR are used to guard other vulnerable points including Roya Engineers and RAF premises. However, he believes they are not yet sufficiently trained for full infantry duties.

As a result, Lt Gen Dobbie argues, Malta has very little depth in defence and lacks sufficient resources for any kind of counter-attack, although he cannot as yet predict the likelihood of attack from the sea. The two additional battalions would bring defences up to an appropriate level and also make possible a counter attack, should it be needed. However, he strongly advises that the additional battalions should be posted from the UK, fearing a negative reaction by the civilian population of Malta to high levels of additional local recruitment.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 19 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 20 SEPTEMBER 1940

Weather  Fine, with scirocco.

No air raids.

OPERATIONS REPORTS THURSDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 1940

LUQA Three unexploded bombs are destroyed.

ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS Bomb Disposal UXB  High explosive 1 x 50kg Qrendi.

2nd Bn ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS  Brigade commanders reconnoitred position for new depth post behind Dragonara Palace and anti-parachutist positions in Tal Francis, L’Imsierah, Tal Minsia area.

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Posted by on September 19, 2020 in 1940, September 1940

 

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18 September 1940: Bomb Disposal Team Tackle UXB in Well

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DANGEROUS UXB IN SENGLEA

Italian 500lb bombs (NWMA Malta)

Italian 500lb bombs (NWMA Malta)

Malta’s bomb disposal team completed a hazardous mission today when they succeeded in retrieving an unexploded bomb from deep in a well. The 400lb Italian bomb had been lying under water for a week in the well which was inside a partly demolished house in Senglea.

The water was pumped from the well and Sappers of the Royal Engineers cleared out debris and mud from the bottom. The bomb, which was fuzed at both ends, was in a dangerous state. It was decided to hoist it up to the ground floor by means of a gin, tackle, sling and ropes.

Because of its condition the bomb had to be kept horizontal as it was hoisted from the well. However, it was two and a half feet long and the mouth of the well only three feet one inch wide, giving a very small clearance. There was also a risk of the sling slipping while the bomb was being hauled up.

A Master Rigger of H M Dockyard was called on to construct the lifting gear. Lieutenant W M Eastman, RAOC, assisted him by guiding the bomb from below, at the foot of the well. Captain R L Jephson Jones, RAOC, went to the top to guide it through the opening. The Navy then took the bomb to be dumped at sea. (1)

In a separate incident today, Lt Eastman defused a 50kg German bomb at Qrendi – the first of this type to be defuzed in Malta.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 18 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 19 SEPTEMBER 1940

Weather  Fine with scirocco.

1014-1040 hrs  Air raid alert for enemy fighter aircraft approaching the Island Three Hurricanes and two Gladiators are scrambled and engage the raiders. A Hurricane pilot claims one aircraft shot down. The remainder turn away before crossing the coast.

OPERATIONS REPORTS WEDNESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 1940

8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT  No 3 Post A Company evacuated due to unexploded bombs.

ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS Bomb Disposal UXB  High explosive 1 x 400lb Senglea.

(1) UXB Malta, S A M Hudson, History Press 2010

 

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Posted by on September 18, 2020 in 1940, September 1940

 

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17 September 1940: Corporal’s Bravery Under Fire

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RISKING LIFE TO SAVE AMMUNITION

NWMA Malta

NWMA Malta

The exceptional courage of a serviceman during an air raid on Luqa aerodrome today has earned him a recommendation for a bravery award. In a heavy dive-bombing and machine-gun raid on the airfield by JU87 Stukas, a Wellington bomber was set on fire. Ignoring the flames Corporal J G M Davis entered the aircraft to retrieve four Vickers machine guns and ammunition, despite some of that ammunition exploding around him. He succeeded but the Wellington was destroyed. A salvage dump and hangar were also ignited by the flames; a Hurricane aircraft inside was burned out. For his act of bravery Corporal Davis has been recommended for a British Empire Medal.

STUKA DIVE-BOMBER PILOTS ARE ITALIAN

German JU87 aircraft recently engaged in the battle over Malta are piloted by members of the Regia Aeronautica, it was revealed today. The pilot of a Stuka rescued up from the sea today was one of two taken to the Castille for interrogation. Under questioning he stated that the JU87 aircraft are operating from a base at Pantelleria and that the pilots are members of an Italian squadron.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 17 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 18 SEPTEMBER 1940

Weather  Fine, with scirocco.

1040-1122 hrs  Air raid alert for 12 Junkers 87s and 25 CR 42s which approach the Island in three formations passing over Hal Far and dive-bomb Luqa aerodrome and a reservoir. Several hangars are machine-gunned. A salvage dump at the side of a hangar is set alight and the fire causes some damage to the hangar. A small office is hit by an incendiary bomb and demolished. One Wellington bomber which arrived in Malta this morning is burned out and a Hurricane burned out inside a hangar.

Malta fighters are scrambled and engage the raiders, along with Ack Ack and ground defences. Two Junkers and one Caproni are shot down by fighters. One destroyed enemy plane crashes at l’Iskorvit near Zammitello Palace, between Gnejna and Mgarr, and burns itself out; its pilot is taken into custody by the military authorities. The Marine Craft Section puts out from Kalafrana and picks up the surviving pilot and the dead gunner of one JU 87 eight miles north west of Filfla. In all, two Italian pilots are taken to the Castille for interrogation.

Fifteen unexploded bombs are reported in the Luqa area. They are believed to be delayed action bombs, so an exclusion zone is set up surrounding the bombs, to be enforced for seven days. Several roads are closed to all traffic; all military personnel in the area are required to wear steel helmets and follow restricted movement orders.

1555-1619 hrs  Air raid alert for three bombers and eight fighters which fly over the Island, probably on reconnaissance. No bombs are dropped.

Enemy casualties Sergente Maggiore Luigi Catani, 237th Squadriglia, 96th Gruppo Autonomo, pilot of JU 87 Stuka, shot down, rescued and taken prisoner. Sottotenente Francesco Cavalli, 70th Squadriglia, 23rd Gruppo Autonomo, pilot of CR42 shot down and taken prisoner. Primo Aviere Francesco Di Giorgio, 70th Squadriglia, gunner of CR42 fighter, shot down near Filfla and died.

OPERATIONS REPORTS TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 1940

AIR HQ  Departures 3 Sunderlands.

KALAFRANA  Three Sunderlands left for Alexandria. One returned to Kalafrana four hours later with engine trouble

8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT  Construction work at A Company held up due to unexploded bombs. CO congratulated A and B Companies on standing up to air attacks.

ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS Bomb Disposal UXB  High explosive 15 x 250kg or 500kg believed delayed action inspected and left 7 days Luqa. Incendiary x 3 Luqa.

2nd Bn ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS Instructions are issued regarding action of mobile reserve should large enemy formations approach.

 

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Posted by on September 17, 2020 in 1940, September 1940

 

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15 September 1940: First Messerschmitt Fighters Over Malta

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SIX ME109 FIGHTERS IN EARLY MORNING ATTACK

Messerschmitt Bf 109E

Messerschmitt Bf 109E

Messerschmitt 109 fighters were identified for the first time over Malta today. Six of the German fighters were spotted approaching the Island just before 8 o’clock this morning, as part of a massive formation which also included ten Italian CR42 fighters and 20 German JU 87 dive bombers.

The appearance of ME 109s is seen as a major development in the enemy air campaign over Malta. The high-performance, manoeuverable aircraft is regarded as a ‘killing machine’ by some and is feared by many since its use during the Spanish civil war. Its speed enables the Messerschmitt to out-perform Malta’s tiny Gladiator force and even the Hurricane is significantly slower; only the Spitfire seems to be able to defeat it.

RAF headquarters in Malta has responded with a message to the War Office warning that the Island’s fighter strength must be increased urgently to counter the recently escalated attacks.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 15 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 16 SEPTEMBER 1940

Weather  Fine and warm; cloudy in the evening.

0758 hrs  Air raid alert for a formation of enemy aircraft consisting of six Messerschmitt 109, ten CR42 and twenty Junkers 87s which approach the Island from the east. The JU 87s dive bomb Hal Far aerodrome from different angles, each releasing four bombs at a time, damaging the RAF ration store and some transport. Eight anti-aircraft gunners and one civilian are injured. Malta fighters are scrambled; one Hurricane is forced to land. Ack Ack, including Lewis guns at Delimara, and small arms fire engage low flying raiders. Eight Ack Ack personnel and one civilian are injured. One enemy aircraft is believed shot down by fighters out to sea but is not seen hitting the water; others are believed damaged.

17 unexploded bombs are reported around Hal Far aerodrome. They are inspected following the raid and identified as delayed action bombs. It is noted that those bombs which did explode did so after 5-10 seconds.   As the location of the UXBs does not prevent use of the aerodrome an exclusion zone is marked out around them which will be enforced for seven days. During that time all military personnel in the area are required to wear steel helmets and follow restricted movement orders.

1837-1845 hrs  Air raid alert for an aircraft reported by the Naval Signal Station on the roof of the Castille. The aircraft is later identified as friendly.

OPERATIONS REPORTS SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 1940

AIR HQ  Arrivals 1 Sunderland. Departures 1 Sunderland.

KALAFRANA Two Sunderlands on patrol; one left for Alexandria and one arrived from there.

ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS Bomb Disposal UXB  High explosive 17 x 250kg or 500kg believed delayed action inspected and left 7 days Hal Far.

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Posted by on September 15, 2020 in 1940, September 1940

 

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9 September 1940: Minelaying Threatens Ships Entering Malta

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MALTA NEEDS MINESWEEPERS

HMS Fermoy (c) IWM Q75630

HMS Fermoy (c) IWM Q75630

The Vice Admiral Malta has represented to the Admiralty that the increased use of Malta harbour by warships and storeships will probably lead to local enemy minelaying. As a result he says it is vital that searched channels up to 200 fathom line should be regularly swept.

Malta currently has only one ship, HMS Fermoy, capable of regular minesweeping during winter months. It is now considered essential that two more minesweepers should be allocated to the Island if the safety of Royal Navy and supply vessels is to be ensured.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 9 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 10 SEPTEMBER 1940

Weather  Fine with scirocco.

No air raids.

OPERATIONS REPORTS MONDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 1940

ROYAL NAVY  Osiris left for patrol of the Otranto Straits.

AIR HQ  Departures 1 London.

3rd Bn KINGS OWN MALTA REGIMENT   Four recruits enlisted.

8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT  C Company No 14 Platoon began a week’s intensive training.

ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS  Bomb Disposal UXB High explosive 250lb x 1 Salvatore Gate.

2nd Bn ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS  Platoons began training.

2nd Bn ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT 25 horses and carts arrived.

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Posted by on September 9, 2020 in 1940, September 1940

 

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7 September 1940: Mother and 3 Children Killed at Kalkara

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HEAVY BOMBING ON GRAND HARBOUR DEVASTATES HOMES

Eye-witness account by Philo Pullicino, age 24, Adjutant of Special Constabulary

HM tug Hellespont suffers near miss

HM tug Hellespont suffers near miss

“Heavy raid at 12.30pm saw a large formation of bombers passing high overhead, engaged by our guns. Bombs dropped on Birgu and Isla. Rushed to spot by car. Public shelter hit and collapsed burying eight people. Three saved.  A tug boat in Dockyard Creek was hit, but the shell failed to explode. Two blocks of houses five storeys high were razed to ground level. The bombs must have been of heavy calibre, judging from the craters.

And yet life goes on. People living next door to the devastated building do not care to move away, though not a pane of glass is left anywhere in their houses.  The bombing was more accurate than previously. The Dockyard was hit but no serious damage done.

A woman and two young girls, covered in dust and rather pale, were arguing about how many people they had left in the demolished shelter which, by the way, was thought to be bomb proof as it had fifteen feet of material above it.  A shelter next door, which was not so strong, escaped untouched with seven hundred people inside.” (1)

DOCKYARD DAMAGED

The air raid alert was sounded at 1227 hrs and there was plenty of time for Dockyard employees to reach shelter before bombs fell. Enemy aircraft approached from the east, and dropped sticks of High Explosive bombs and incendiaries across Vittoriosa and the Dockyard.

One demolished an unoccupied house immediately behind Garden Reach. One 250kg demolished the Oil and Cotton Waste Store behind Garden Reach. The building was 75% demolished by the force of the explosion. A smouldering fire was started in the cotton waste which was quickly doused by trailer pumps. £70 worth of mixed oils have been destroyed.

One 50-100kg struck HM Tug Hellespont which was lying at Surgery Wharf, Sheer Bastion. The bomb pierced the aft saloon on the starboard side and detonated under the water. She settled until her stern rested on the bottom. She was pumped out and damage found to be less than at first thought; temporary repairs were made. The force of the explosion damaged and sank the Captain of the Dockyard’s picket boat which was lying astern. She was later raised from the bottom, lifted out of the water and taken ashore for repair. Two police launches were also damaged.

One partially demolished the Government School on top of St Michael’s Bastion. The shock also damaged a salt water tank and debris damaged roofs on the Dockyard below. The submarine Olympus also sustained minor damage.

A high explosive bomb and an incendiary fell near No 4 MG House, demolishing the building and causing a fire among paraffin and oil cans. A chargeman’s cabin was destroyed and other buildings damaged, along with several machines.

One unexploded bomb pierced a house in Crane Street, Senglea, and eventually came to rest in the well below the house.

BRAVERY OF MALTESE WORKERS

One unexploded 250kg struck the north wall of the Dockyard canteen and buried itself three feet into the base of the wall. Had it exploded, the bomb would have brought down much of the building and caused casualties. The unexploded bomb was later removed and dumped at sea. The Maltese workmen who dug out and lifted the bomb were neither volunteers nor chosen men. They were riggers and labourers from the Works Department. They went about the job without showing any fear and had to be reminded to be cautious.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 7 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 8 SEPTEMBER 1940

Weather Fine.

1227-1243 hrs Air raid alert for 24 CR42 fighters escorting 11 enemy SM79 bombers which drop some 30 high explosive bombs on the Dockyard and Grand Harbour area, causing damage to Naval property. Four civilians are killed and two injured; another is missing. Anti-aircraft guns open fire and three Hurricanes and three Gladiators are scrambled. One aircraft hit by Ack Ack is reported losing height with smoke coming from its tail. One enemy bomber is confirmed shot down by RAF aircraft between Zurrieq and Filfla, and another probably. Two Hurricanes are slightly damaged by enemy fire.

Civilian casualties  Kalkara  Mary Pisani, age 27; Carmel Pisani, age 5; Lorenza Pisani, age 3; Joseph Pisani, age 1.

OPERATIONS REPORTS SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 1940

ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS Bomb Disposal UXB High explosive 400lb x 1 fuzed nose and tail dealt with by Naval authorities but examined by IOO for information. 250lb x 1 Vittoriosa.

(1) The Road to Rome, Philo Pullicino, mpi publishing 2012

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Posted by on September 7, 2020 in 1940, September 1940

 

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6 September 1940: First Time Bombs on Malta

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Lt W M Eastman RAOC

Lt W M Eastman RAOC

FIRST SUSPECTED DELAYED ACTION BOMB TACKLED BY RAOC

Kalafrana was put out of use for almost 24 hours due to the presence of a suspected time bomb close to the slipway. The unexploded bomb estimated as weighing 700lbs was reported following yesterday’s dive-bombing raid. The RAF inspected the bomb and suspected the fuze to be a delayed-action type. They called on RAOC officers Captain R L Jephson Jones and Lt W M Eastman to assist in the investigation of the bomb, which was lying on the surface. The fuze was found to carry the markings of the Rheinmettal Electric type.

Without further information on the type of fuze it was decided as a precaution to blow up the bomb immediately where it lay. The resulting crater was 12 feet deep and 25 feet in diameter. Later investigation confirmed the bomb as a German 500kg SD ‘Spreng Dickenwand’ bomb – is a thick-walled armour-piercing type.

MESSAGE FROM MALTA FOR GENERAL DE GAULLE

French officer Commandant Robert arrived today and sent a message via Malta’s Governor to General de Gaulle. The telegram was delivered to de Gaulle’s base in Whitehall, known as the ‘Spears Mission’.

  1. “Arrived Malta September 6th. Leave for Tunis about September 10th. Hope to rally civil and military elements. Request your instructions.
  2. But I call your attention to the possible consequences [of a] National Rallying Movement in Tunis which might cause Italian reactions. It is therefore necessary to foresee possible support by the British Fleet or Air Force, if requested, should the means of defence in Tunis be insufficient.
  3. I shall keep in touch with the Governor of Malta who will inform you of the progress of the situation and will transmit your instructions to me.
  4. I repeat that it would be advisable to undertake simultaneously propaganda in Algeria and Morocco for which task I may possibly ask you to send Commandant Des Essars to Tangiers if necessary to act quickly.
  5. I hope for a National Rallying Movement in Syria shortly.”

Commandant Robert later added that propaganda broadcast by Cairo Radio to Muslim communities in North Africa should be directed against Germany and Italy, and not be obviously in favour of the British.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 6 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 7 SEPTEMBER 1940

Weather  Fine.

0939-0954 hrs; 1000-1023 hrs Air raid alerts; approaching aircraft are identified as friendly.

1019 hrs One Glen Martin bomber aircraft lands at Luqa.

OPERATIONS REPORTS FRIDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 1940

AIR HQ  Arrivals  Glen Martin.

ROYAL NAVY Fermoy and Fellowship made an unsuccessful attempt to cut the Syracuse-Tripoli cable.

FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Practice ‘Man Marsa’ out to various posts.

3rd Bn KINGS OWN MALTA REGIMENT One recruit enlisted.

ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS Bomb Disposal UXB High explosive 1 estimated 700lb delayed action blown in situ Kalafrana.

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Posted by on September 6, 2020 in 1940, September 1940

 

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