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23 August 1940: Destroyer From Malta Sunk

23 Aug

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MAIL LOST AT SEA

It has been reported today that troops’ mail sent to UK on Wednesday has been lost at sea due to enemy action.

HMS Hostile

HMS Hostile

HMS HOSTILE SUNK

A Royal Navy destroyer heading from Malta to Gibraltar was sunk today 18 miles off Cape Bon. It is believed that HMS Hostile hit a moored mine which struck the ship’s bottom and exploded. The Commanding Officer and four of the crew were killed, and three crewmen injured. Two destroyers from the convoy picked up survivors and brought them back to Malta.

Reporting on the incident, a Board of Inquiry concluded that the western part of the channel between Cape Bon and Pantelleria must be considered mined and recommends ships should be rerouted accordingly.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 23 AUGUST TO DAWN 24 AUGUST 1940

Weather  Fine; windy and dusty.

0835 hrs Seven Blenheim aircraft land at Ta Qali.

0837 hrs Air raid alert for six enemy bombers escorted by sixteen fighters which cross the coast and bomb the Hal Far area, causing some damage to RAF property. One unexploded incendiary bomb is reported by 2nd Bn Devonshire Regiment.    

1120-1150  Air raid alert for a formation of enemy bombers; they cross over Ghallis Tower heading south. Malta fighters are scrambled but do not engage.

2105 hrs  Air raid alert for enemy aircraft which approach the Island but do not cross the coast.

OPERATIONS REPORTS FRIDAY 23 AUGUST 1940

ROYAL NAVY Nubian returned to Malta with defective lubrication system to main engines. Hostile was mined off Cape Bon: survivors returned to Malta in Mohawk. Hero also returned. Proteus left on patrol.

AIR HQ 1600-1845 hrs French Latecoere seaplane reconnaissance between Malta and a point ten miles north east of Cape Bon.

ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS Bomb Disposal UXB 1 incendiary near Hal Far.

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