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WAR OFFICE TO STRENGTHEN ACK-ACK FORCE
Military chiefs in London have decided to significantly strengthen anti-aircraft forces in Malta. In a Top Secret telegram to the Governor and C in C today, the War Office announced plans to increase Ack-Ack defences to 112 Heavy and six Light guns by April 1941. The majority of Heavy guns will be static, but the War Office expects to send twelve mobile Bofors out of a total of 42 which will be required.
Lt Gen Dobbie will be expected to recruit and train personnel for eight Heavy and eight Light guns by January 1941 and a further eight Heavy and eight Light guns by April 1941. Manning personnel for the remainder will be posted to Malta from the UK.
Work on developing suitable gun sites is to be arranged to meet the January and April deadlines. Further details are set to follow regarding accommodation for the new troops but in the meantime, the Island’s Commander in Chief was asked for an immediate response to the plans.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 27 AUGUST TO DAWN 28 AUGUST 1940
Weather Fine; cloudy.
No air raids.
OPERATIONS REPORTS TUESDAY 27 AUGUST 1940
ROYAL NAVY Nubian, Mohawk, Janus and Hero sailed. A floating mine was sunk by C306 two miles off Delimara.
AIR HQ 0330 hrs Sunderland L8159 of 230 Squadron reconnaissance of Kithera was forced to land and detained by the Greeks; the crew are likely to be interned. 1000 hrs One Hudson photographic reconnaissance of Tripoli. French Latecoere with French crew reconnaissance west of Malta to 10 miles NW of Cape Bon.
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