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4 November 1940: Malta Aircraft Join Battle to Defend Greece

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Wellington bomber

Wellington bomber

WELLINGTON FORCE IN MALTA TO INCREASE

Aircraft from Malta are expected to join the military campaign to help Greece defend herself against possible Axis attack. The War Cabinet today discussed British intervention in Greece, which is seen as an important ally in the Mediterranean.  Addressing the Cabinet, Winston Churchill stated his view that only an air campaign could provide the much needed assistance quickly enough.  Fighters and bombers have already been sent from the Middle East. 

The Prime Minister now proposes to intensify attacks on Italy from Malta-based aircraft. To support this the number of Wellingtons operating temporarily from Malta will be increased to 24. About 200 personnel, stores and bombs are to be despatched to Malta by cruiser, to arrive on 17 November.  In addition, 34 Hurricanes will be transported to Greece via aircraft carrier and 32 Wellingtons will be sent to Egypt via Malta at the end of this month.       

MALTA TROOPS MUST ACCOUNT FOR KIT ISSUE

Commanders of the King’s Own Malta Regiment today issued orders to ensure that kit issued to troops is kept safely and in good order. Battalion Orders warn that every case of deficiency of clothing and equipment will be investigated by the Company Commander personally.  In all cases in which neglect is proved, the NCO or man concerned will be placed on a charge and remanded for disposal by a Commanding Officer.  All lists of deficiencies in future will have a certificate attached and signed by the Company Commander stating that the orders have been complied with.

POST EARLY FOR CHRISTMAS

Troops have been reminded to post early for Christmas, to ensure their parcels reach their loved ones in time for the festive season. All private parcels can be posted at the General Post Office in the usual manner.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 4 NOVEMBER TO DAWN 5 NOVEMBER 1940

Weather  Fine.

No air raids.

OPERATIONS REPORTS MONDAY 4 NOVEMBER 1940

Nil report.

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