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6 October 1940: Trawler Finds Body of Italian Airman

06 Oct

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ITALIAN AIRMAN NAMED

HMS Coral

HMS Coral

A trawler on patrol off Malta today picked up the deceased remains of an Italian airman from the sea. The senior officer of HMS Coral contacted the Air Commodore, RAF Malta with details of the incident. He reported that evidently the body had been in the water for some time. The trawler’s crew collected as much evidence from the sea as possible in order to identify the deceased man. From correspondence and identification tags he was identified as Antonio Girandola of 235 Squadron, R Aeropuerto, Reggio Emilia. All the personal effects which have been salvaged will be carefully dried before being forwarded to Air HQ in Malta.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 6 OCTOBER TO DAWN 7 OCTOBER 1940

Weather  Fine.

No air raids.

OPERATIONS REPORTS SUNDAY 6 OCTOBER 1940

ROYAL NAVY  Clearance sweep continued by Oropesa: four more mines cut. Completion of sweep postponed in order to carry out routine searches. 1230-1620 hrs  Swordfish 830 Squadron FAA on reconnaissance; nothing to report.  

AIR HQ Arrivals  1 Sunderland. 0825 hrs Glen Martin 431 Flight landed and reported seeing one 15000 ton Italian hospital ship with two funnels at 0745 hrs.    

KALAFRANA  Operations by Sunderland aircraft of 228 and 230 squadrons. 0840-1610 hrs Sunderland 228 Squadron reconnaissance from Alexandria to Malta via Gavdes; nothing to report. 1629 hrs Sunderland 230 Squadron landed and reported seeing a Greek 5000 ton merchant vessel at 1026 hrs; photographs were taken. One Sunderland arrived from Middle East with two passengers.

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