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AIRCRAFT CASUALTIES EXAGGERATED
The Italian media has been monitored making false claims of shooting down two Malta aircraft. The claims appear to relate to an air raid last Friday morning during which there was a dogfight over Mellieha Bay. The communique from Rome released yesterday states: “During an offensive reconnaissance over Malta an air battle occurred in which our fighters shot down a British Gloucester and probably a Hurricane. One of our machines is missing.”
Friday’s raid involved some 25 Macchi 200 fighters which approached the Island at 17000 feet. Three Hurricanes and three Gladiators were scrambled to intercept and engaged the raiders in a fierce dog fight during which one of the Italian Macchi’s was seen ditching in the sea. A second was considered too badly damaged to complete the journey back to Sicily. All of the Malta fighters returned safely to base.
This is not the first time the Italian media has made exaggerated claims of successes over Malta. In August Italian radio claimed that Regia Aeronautica bombers had destroyed the Island’s railway and which has been non-existent for over ten years.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 7 OCTOBER TO DAWN 8 OCTOBER 1940
No air raids.
OPERATIONS REPORTS MONDAY 7 OCTOBER 1940
ROYAL NAVY 0334-0550 hrs Swordfish 830 Squadron Fleet Air Arm (FAA) sighted three enemy destroyers at 0418 hrs heading for Syracuse. Wireless silence broken to report presence but message not received until too late to send striking force. 0336-0712 hrs Swordfish 830 Squadron FAA on reconnaissance; nil report. 0345-0815 hrs Glen Martin 431 Flight on reconnaissance; nil report.
KALAFRANA Operations by Sunderland aircraft of 228 and 230 squadrons.
8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT E Company now has five officers and 126 other ranks. The 6 pounder anti-tank gun crew from D Coy fired and the standard of shooting was excellent.
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