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Aircraft from Malta were involved in a heavy bombing raid on Naples today. Main targets were the seaport, industrial zones and railways to the east of the City, and a steel mill to the west. The mission was part of a co-ordinated British attack against the ports of Naples and Brindisi.
SUNDERLANDS UNDER ATTACK
One Sunderland flying boat of 228 Squadron is believed destroyed and another seriously damaged after they were attacked by Italian fighters today. The aircraft of Squadron Leader Menzies and Flying Officer S M Farries was on patrol over Sicily when it was intercepted by Italian fighters which launched a determined attack. The Sunderland was severely damaged and was observed falling into the sea. There were no reported survivors.
In a separate incident, a second Sunderland piloted by F/Lt Ware left Kalafrana to search for the crew of a Wellington aircraft which had failed to arrive in Malta. The flying boat was attacked by Italian Macchi 200 and CR42 fighters. Despite being riddled with large bullet holes, the Sunderland managed to limp back to Kalafrana. On landing, the pilot reported that Air Gunner Leading Aircraftsman R J Barton had continued firing at the enemy aircraft despite severe gunshot wounds to his neck and ankle. (1)
AIR RAIDS DAWN 1 NOVEMBER TO DAWN 2 NOVEMBER 1940
No air raids.
0655-0735 hrs Wellington bombers land at Luqa.
OPERATIONS REPORTS FRIDAY 1 NOVEMBER 1940
AIR HQ Aircraft casualties 1 Sunderland.
KALAFRANA A Sunderland piloted by F/Lt Ware, 228 Squadron attacked by Italian Macchi 200 and CR42 fighters: two airmen wounded and the aircraft damaged. Officers S/L Menzies and F/O Farries, four NCOs and four airmen of 228 Squadron have been reported missing after their aircraft failed to return from patrol off Sicily.
8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT Tests carried out on petrol bombs; a solution was made which prolonged the life of the flame.
ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS B omb Disposal UXB High Explosive 3, Zabbar, Latnia, Luqa.
2nd Bn ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT 1130 hrs GOC inspected bomb dumps. Nightly patrols of aerodrome mounted to prevent sabotage of Wellingtons.
(1) Leading Aircraftsman R J Barton was awarded the DFM for his actions.
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