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5 August 1940: Malta’s New Fighter Pilots Lack Experience

05 Aug

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NEWLY ARRIVED PILOTS NEED INTENSIVE TRAINING

The Vice Admiral Malta has claimed that the Island’s new RAF Hurricane pilots lack the required experience to operate effectively against enemy raiders. In a message to the Admiralty Mediterranean, he commented that pilots posted to man the Hurricane fighter flight which arrived on Friday have had very little fighting experience. He suggests that they need at least a week’s intensive training to meet the demands they now face.

General Archibald Wavell

General Sir Archibald Wavell

MIDDLE EAST COMMANDER VISITS MALTA

General Sir Archibald Wavell, Commander of British Forces in the Middle East today paid a surprise visit to Malta. He flew in from Alexandria in Egypt last night by flying boat. General Wavell was on his way to the UK.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 5 AUGUST TO DAWN 6 AUGUST 1940

Weather  Fine to cloudy.

1148-1220 hrs  Air raid alert for 20 enemy fighters in two VIC formations of six each and four formations of two each, which approach the Island from the north at 20000 feet, then turn south east before departing. Fort Manoel, San Pietru and Delimara batteries as well as HMS Terror engage the raiders but fire only a few rounds as the raiders are too high to target. Two Hurricane fighters are scrambled and engage. One is attacked by enemy fighters but escapes in a dive; no reported results. No bombs are dropped.  

 

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