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BUFFS AND GUNNERS WILL SOON BE ON THEIR WAY
Malta will soon have additional manpower for its Infantry garrison. In a telegram sent today, the War Office in London announced that the first units are expected to be posted to Malta very soon. The reinforcements are being sent in response to Governor and Commander in Chief’s review of the Island’s infantry needs following the escalation of air attacks in September.
4th Battalion the Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) will be accompanied by transport consisting of 11 motorcycles, 28 trucks and ten carriers. They will be joined by personnel of 49/91 Forward Battery (25 pounder), plus 222 Heavy Ack Ack Battery (personnel only – six officers, 200 other ranks) and 59 Light Ack Ack Battery (personnel only – five officers, 134 other ranks) along with three searchlight instructors. Details of equipment being sent and date of despatch are expected to follow.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 4 OCTOBER TO DAWN 5 OCTOBER 1940
Weather Cloud; rain in the afternoon.
1005-1028 hrs Air raid alert for an enemy formation of up to 25 Macchi 200 fighters which cross over the Island from the north at 17000 feet. Accurate Ack Ack fire causes the formation to scatter. At 1010 hrs three formations of three aircraft are over Marsa. Three head for Hal Far and six for Luqa. Three Hurricanes and three Gladiators are then scrambled and engage in a dog fight over Mellieha Bay. One Macchi 200 is reported in difficulties over Naxxar and then Bingemma Fort with smoke coming from its tail. It is later seen coming down in Ghain Tuffieha Bay; there are no survivors. Another Macchi 200 is probably so badly damaged by Hurricanes that it is unlikely to reach base. No bombs are dropped on the Island.
Enemy casualties Tenente Mario Nasoni, 6o Gruppo Autonomo, reconnaissance pilot of Macchi C200 fighter shot down into the sea and died.
OPERATIONS REPORTS FRIDAY 4 OCTOBER 1940
KALAFRANA Operations by Sunderland aircraft of 228 and 230 squadrons resumed from Kalafrana.
ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS Experiments to produce anti-tank petrol bomb.
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