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Bomb Damage

First bombs to fall on Malta after the Italian declaration of war on the allies was at 6.55am, 10th June 1941.
Bombs fell at Valletta, Gzira, Cottonera & Porte des Bombes.

Scan courtesy of Michael Sanderson

Malta was the most heavily bombed place on Earth in WWII. The size of the Island is about equal to the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England or an area smaller than Greater London. During March & April 1942 alone the tonnage of bombs dropped on Malta was twice that dropped on London in the entire worst year of the blitz. Target areas were primarily the Harbour area & all airfields.
In March 1942 Malta endured 275 raids ( 90 of these at night ). In April 283 raids ( 96 at night ). Malta endured 154 days & nights of continual bombing. The longest continual raids on London were 57 days & nights. The Coventry blitz was reckoned to have had 260 tons of bombs dropped on the City. To put all these figures in perspective, Malta received (in the Harbour & surrounding towns) 6,700 tons of bombs during 6 weeks of March / April 1942.
The airfields were also heavily bombed receiving some 27 times the amount dropped on Coventry at the height of the blitz in October 1940. In March 1942 Fliegerkorps II mounted 4,927 sorties against Malta but in April Fliegerkorps X joined the attack & some 9,599 sorties were sent over the Island. Between the 1st January & the 24th July 1942 Malta had only 1 period of 24 hours without a raid.

Valletta. Photo courtesy of Dave Charles

Bombing of HMS Illustrious in Valletta Harbour. The Illustrious can be seen head on under the crane in the centre of the photo. Reports claim only one hit in this raid.
This photo sent courtesy of Tony Cox was in better condition than mine & was replaced.

Valletta after a raid on the 15th February 1941. This used to be the Regent (Regal Cinema).

Ruins of the Law Courts, Valletta

Attack on Billets

Ship on fire in the Grand Harbour, Valletta

Valletta after a raid


The Opera House after raid

The Opera House after raid

Wellington on fire after raid on Luqa

Wreckage in hanger after raid. 1942

Delayed action bomb exploding

Oil dump burning

Bombs bursting on Valletta

Billets. Photo courtesy of Louise Dardart.

Kings Way (now Republic Street), Valletta, after raid

Barracca Gardens
Photo coutesy of Michael Longyear.

Bomb bursts on Valletta

Tanker on fire after raid, Valletta Harbour.
Photo courtesy of Joseph Victor Rizzo.

Luqa Church 1942. Photo courtesy of Louise Dardart.

Bomb Damage, Auberge de France, Valletta.
Photo courtesy of Tony Cox

Senglea, a town close to the dockyards which suffered heavy damage. Note the goats which were used to distribute fresh milk.
Photo courtesy of Marco Sciberras

Photo from magazine captioned -
'32 Company RASC MT yard in Ravelin, Valletta, after being bombed by the Germans in May 1942. The wrecked traction engine on the left was a pre-First World War vehicle'.
Courtesy of David Ogden.

Photo courtesy of Hadrian Wood
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Bomb damage, Malta 1942.
Photo courtesy of Marie (nee Allen) Curley.

Side street in Senglea (St. Philip's church in background), 1942
Photo courtesy of Tony Cox.

Bomb damage, Valletta, 1942.
Photo courtesy of Tony Cox

Daylight raid on Fort Salvatore (kerosene stores) after direct hit.
Photo courtesy of Tony Cox

Kingsway, Valletta 1942.
Photo courtesy of Paul from his father (Bill Lazell's) collection.

Porte Reale into Valetta.
Photo courtesy of Louise Dardart.

Maltese Police Fire Service.
Photo courtesy of Paul from his father (Bill Lazell's) collection.

Photo courtesy of Paul from his father (Bill Lazell's) collection.

Ruins of the Capitol Cinema, 1941.
Photo courtesy of Paul from his father (Bill Lazell's) collection.


Siege Malta 1940 - 1943. Ernle Bradford. A page about Senglea with photos not on this site.