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5 October 1940: German Fuzes Challenge RAOC Bomb Disposal

05 Oct

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NEW INSTRUCTIONS FOR TACKLING GERMAN BOMBS

German bomb fuze head type 50 (c) IWM MUN3302

German bomb fuze head type 50 (c) IWM MUN3302

The War Office today sent full instructions to Malta for dealing with unexploded bombs (UXB). The detailed instructions include information on German fuze types and how to neutralise them as well as safety precautions to be taken around a UXB while it is awaiting disposal, depending on its location, size and fuze type.  

Since air raids began on 11th June, bomb disposal has been carried out by the Inspecting Ordnance Officer, Captain R L Jephson Jones, along with Lt W M Eastman – neither of whom have had any formal training in bomb disposal. However, German bombs as used in recent air raids carry electrical fuzes which are more complex and varied than the mechanical types used in Italian bombs. As well as assisting the RAOC in their work, the new instructions will be used to train personnel from the Royal Engineers who work alongside them.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 5 OCTOBER TO DAWN 6 OCTOBER 1940

Weather  Fine.

No air raids.

1441-1525 hrs Air raid alert for four enemy aircraft to the north of the Island, followed by another seven east of Delimara. Three Hurricanes and two Gladiators are scrambled. No raid materialises.

OPERATIONS REPORTS SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER 1940

ROYAL NAVY  French submarine Narval arrived back from her first patrol of Cape Misurata, Libya: nothing sighted. Clearance sweep of mined area begun by Oropesa – two mines were cut up. 0320-0718 hrs Swordfish 830 Squadron FAA carried out reconnaissance of Ionian Sea; nothing to report.

AIR HQ  Departures 1 Sunderland.

KALAFRANA  Operations by Sunderland aircraft of 228 and 230 squadrons. One Sunderland left for Gibraltar.

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