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20 August 1940: Six Blenheim Bombers Land Then Four Hit by Bombs

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BLENHEIM BOMBERS LAND IN MALTA

Bristol Blenheim

Bristol Blenheim

Six Blenheim bombers arrived in Malta today but within two hours one had been destroyed and three damaged on the ground. The Blenheims form part of a formation now flying direct from the UK to Malta en route for the Middle East.

The aircraft landed at just after eight this morning. An hour and a half later two formations of bombers dropped high explosive and incendiary bombs over Luqa. An incendiary bomb hit one of the Blenheim’s which burst into flames. The three others were hit by flying shrapnel but can be repaired.

INCIDENT AT NAXXAR GAP

One man is in custody tonight and another is sought by police after a suspicious fire at Naxxar Gap. Just before 10 o’clock this evening a sentry from 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers spotted a fire at a pumping station. As he went to investigate he saw two men running from the scene. He gave chase and managed to catch one of them but the other escaped.  

AIR RAIDS DAWN 20 AUGUST TO DAWN 21 AUGUST 1940

Weather  Periodic clouds; warm.

0810 hrs  Six Blenheim bombers land at Luqa.

0938-0955 hrs  Air raid alert for two formations of five bombers each, in line astern, escorted by 20 fighters which cross the coast and carry out bombing raids on Luqa and Hal Far. Twelve high explosive bombs land on Luqa, including three on the aerodrome, causing fires in several buildings and considerable damage. One Blenheim bomber on the ground is hit by an incendiary bomb and destroyed, another is damaged but repairable and another two slightly damaged. Several bombs are dropped over a defence post of 8th Bn Manchester Regiment but there are no casualties. Ten high explosive bombs are dropped on the Hal Far area, seven explode causing slight damage to one Swordfish of 830 Squadron, three are reported as unexploded.

1517 hrs  Air raid alert for six enemy fighters which fly over the Island, probably on reconnaissance.  

OPERATIONS REPORTS TUESDAY 20 AUGUST 1940

AIR HQ Arrivals 6 Blenheim. Departures 3 Blenheim. Aircraft casualties 1 Blenheim destroyed; 4 damaged.

ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS Bomb Disposal UXB 1 incendiary Luqa.

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