Public and national holidays in Malta: These days are to be observed as public holidays and it is by law that the National Flag of Malta is flown on public buildings on such days. There are 5 national holidays during the year:
Christians, an earlier round.
Flying from airfields in nearby Sicily, the Luftwaffe and Regia Aeronautica made relentless bombing runs in synchronized waves, flying steady Savoia-Marchetti 79s, versatile Ju 88s, and fearsome Ju 87 Stukas. There were nine thousand sorties in April alone.
Maltese boys perched on rooftops like crows and watched the dogfights as spectator sport, cheering for the home team, which was often outnumbered by ten or more to one. Lacking a river, forests, or rich soil, Malta could provide little of its own food or fuel. Supplies from Gibraltar, miles to the west, and Alexandria, miles east, had been stopped by the German and Italian air forces and navies.
By June, it had been nine months since a convoy had made it to Valletta. Eight cargo ships had trickled through in that time, but that was not enough.
The RAF was running on empty. Spitfires lacked rivets to patch shot-up skins. The few remaining submarines of the 10th Flotilla had been sent to Alexandria for lack of diesel fuel. Soldiers hid in trees with Browning machine guns to defend against enemy aircraft.
If Hitler got the oil, it would all be over—before the United States even had a chance to get there. Axis convoys from Italy to North Africa kept Rommel in supplies, and submarines and bombers from Malta attacked those convoys.
Bombers from Malta also flew sorties over North Africa, striking truck convoys. It was planned for late June, and code-named Operation Hercules. That is, Malta must be obliterated. A naval invasion of the island was too risky. Operation Hercules was called off. Churchill had been working his friend and ally Franklin D.
Roosevelt for all the ships he could get, including some of the best freighters America could sacrifice. What he needed now was a big, fast tanker. The glistening new SS Kentucky had never seen action. Built for the Texas Company to be named Texaco after the war by Sun Shipbuilding in Chester, Pennsylvania, she had made just one test run before getting orders to Gibraltar.
She steamed solo across the Atlantic with a load of aviation fuel, insanely exposed without an escort. She was armed, but her only defense against U-boats was speed. The lookouts were motivated by terror. Her aviation fuel was offloaded in Gibraltar, and she was turned over to the British Ministry of War Transport.
King, commander of the U. The new crew knew little about her—just that she was a luxury liner compared to the tubs they were used to. At midnight on the moonless night of June 11,after exactly two years of bombing on Malta, the Kentucky stole away from Gibraltar toward Malta to join the convoy called Operation Harpoon.
The convoy included one battleship, two aircraft carriers, four cruisers, seventeen destroyers, four minesweepers, an oiler, a minelayer, two corvettes, and six motor patrol boats, all to escort the Kentucky, which carried thirteen thousand tons of oil in her thirty-three honeycombed compartments; and five freighters carrying grain, ammunition, and about two thousand tons each of aviation fuel.
For one thing, convoys only happened during a dark moon; for another, spies in Gibraltar could clearly see the activity. So to intercept Harpoon when it came within range of Sardinia, the Regia Aeronautica had lined up 81 fighters, 61 bombers, and 50 torpedo bombers.
The Luftwaffe had added 40 bombers. They began to attack at daybreak on Sunday, June 14, flying in dozens of formations of three to six planes each.It was midnight in Malta, a tiny island off southern Italy, and Denise and I have just landed here, awaiting transport to the even smaller island of Gozo, after a 10 hour flight from Cairo.
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