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6 August 1940: New Air Squadron for Malta

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Gladiators to join new Squadron (NWMA)

Gladiators to join new Squadron (NWMA)

FIGHTERS JOIN FORCES

The two air forces engaged in the defence of Malta are to be amalgamated. 418 Flight and Fighter Flight will combine to form 261 Squadron. Included in the Squadron will be the surviving Gladiator aircraft which have defended the Island since the first air attacks in June.

MALTA TO BE A BASE FOR SEABORNE RAIDERS?

The War Office has written to military chiefs in Malta asking whether the Island could operate as a base for sea-borne attacks on enemy coasts. The message proposes the deployment of a self-contained company trained in coastal raiding tactics.

In his reply, the Governor and Commander in Chief welcomed the proposal, subject to certain provisos:

“Am strongly in favour of suggestion and consider that such offensive raids against Sicily or even Tripoli would have real value. But in order to make them feasible the necessary naval and air forces and equipment would have to be made available from outside sources. Vice Admiral Malta informs me that there are no suitable craft capable of transporting troops at necessary speed here – all these requirements would have to be brought in from outside. Similarly a much stronger force of reconnaissance aircraft would have to be provided. Further we have very little detailed information about suitable objectives…Any enterprise against Sicily or Tripoli will, of course, have to be carried out in conjunction with operations of the Mediterranean Fleet.”

AIR RAIDS DAWN 6 AUGUST TO DAWN 7 AUGUST 1940

Weather  Fine.

No air raids.

OPERATIONS REPORTS TUESDAY 6 AUGUST 1940

ROYAL NAVY  Pandora arrived with RAF stores.  

AIR HQ  1530 to 1730 hrs  Fleet Air Arm Skua reconnaissance of Messina, Catania, Augusta and Syracuse.   

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