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FAST SHIP NEEDED TO BRING ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES
The Commander in Chief Mediterranean has applied to the Admiralty for a fast ship of the Glen Line to take on the urgent supply of Malta. The fast transport ship would perform the dual role of sea-going oiler and carrier of stores into Malta. The role has so far been carried out by Plumleaf but the vessel is considered too slow to continue the duty effectively.
THREE WELLINGTONS MAY COME TO MALTA
Three Wellington bombers may be on their way to Malta, according the Governor and Commander in Chief. However, Lt Gen Dobbie has reservations about the proposal to base the bombers in Malta, even temporarily, unless a proper unit with a full complement of men and spares, and especially a consignment of fuel, accompany the aircraft. In addition, he points out that it would be unwise to accommodate the Wellingtons in Malta until the Island’s defences are improved, though this is anticipated.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 17 JULY TO DAWN 18 JULY 1940
Weather Fine and warm.
No air raids.
OPERATIONS REPORTS WEDNESDAY 17 JULY 1940
ROYAL NAVY Submarine Rorqual arrived.
AIR HQ 0500 hrs Coastal anti-submarine and reconnaissance patrol by one London: nothing to report. 1410-1630 hrs Reconnaissance by one Hudson of Syracuse, Augusta and Messina harbours from 15,000 feet. Ships at Messina: one battleship, six cruisers, nine destroyers, and several merchant ships. Off Reggio: one ship, probably a troopship, proceeding north. Augusta: two cruisers, one 10000 ton merchant vessel and twelve smaller merchantmen, plus 30 to 40 seaplanes. Syracuse: one large and two small oil tankers; 14 small merchant vessels in possible convoy formation, two destroyers off the coast steering north.
KALAFRANA Aircraft K5261 P/O Minchinton 202 Squadron on anti-submarine patrol. Eight recruits medically examined for the RAF.
2nd Bn ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT The first party for the rest camp at Ghain Tuffieha left Company HQ.
8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT His Excellency the Governor visited two Companies, accompanied by his wife who enquired into the comforts of the troops
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