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26 August 1940: Blenheim Runs Out of Fuel Trying to Reach Malta

26 Aug

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BLENHEIM DITCHES IN THE SEA

RAF Blenheim

RAF Blenheim

Another Blenheim aircraft was lost today trying to reach Malta. The bomber set out from Gibraltar for Malta early today but was seen ditching in the sea 55 miles from Dingli. The aircraft is one of the latest Blenheims stopping off at Malta en route for the Middle East.

Blenheim T2058 was piloted by Warrant Officer G H ‘Pee Wee’ Cluley. It is thought he ran out of fuel near Pantelleria and was attempting to land there but fell short and came down in the sea.    

A Swordfish, a Sunderland and HMS Nubian were sent immediately to search the area but found nothing. Further aircraft continued to search throughout the afternoon but there was no sighting. WO Cluley has been listed as missing.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 26 AUGUST TO DAWN 27 AUGUST 1940

Weather  Fine; cooler.

No air raids.

OPERATIONS REPORTS MONDAY 26 AUGUST 1940

ROYAL NAVY  Janus arrived. A floating mine was sunk ten miles off St Elmo by Beryl.

8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT  A canteen was opened in an empty house at St Paul’s Bay. Several women from the district have offered to help run the canteen.

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