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Saturday 28 September 1940: Reinforcements Embark for Malta

28 Sep

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British troops embark at Alexandria (1)

British troops embark at Alexandria (1)

TROOP SHIPS LEAVE ALEXANDRIA Operation MB5 set sail from today with much needed reinforcements for Malta. Cruisers HMS Gloucester and HMS Liverpool are carrying over 1000 troops and essential guns to increase the Island’s defences. The Mediterranean Fleet, including aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious and warships HMS Orion, Valiant, Warspite and York, and Australian RAN cruiser Sydney, have also embarked to provide cover for the two cruisers and engage any Italian warships attempting an attack.

INFANTRY TIME LOST IN GUARDING WRECKS

Major General commanding troops Malta has written to RAF HQ asking for debris of wrecked aircraft to be removed more quickly, in order to release Infantry guards of their task of guarding the debris, with as little delay as possible

AIR RAIDS DAWN 28 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 29 SEPTEMBER 1940

Weather  Fine.

No air raids.

0200 hrs  Summer time ends; all clocks and times of troops ‘stand to’ are adjusted back one hour.

OPERATIONS REPORTS SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 1940

AIR HQ Arrivals 1 Sunderland.

KALAFRANA  One Sunderland arrived from Alexandria. One Sunderland on 12 hour reconnaissance patrol.

FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS  Practice ‘Man Marsa’ out to various posts.

ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS Bomb Disposal UXB  High explosive 1 x 250lb Luqa; incendiary x 1 Luqa.

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