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AIR MARSHAL’S WELLINGTON BELIEVED INTERCEPTED EN ROUTE TO MALTA
A British Air Marshal has been named as a passenger on a Wellington bomber which was reported missing en route to Malta yesterday. Since the start of the war Air Marshal O T Boyd was Commander in Chief RAF Balloon Command, responsible for controlling all the UK based barrage balloons. He was recently promoted to Air Marshal and appointed deputy to the Air Officer Commanding, Middle East. He was on his way to Egypt to take up this appointment, and expected to stop in Malta en route. Three other RAF officers are also reported to have been aboard the aircraft.
The Wellington was one of seven which set off for Malta in the early hours of yesterday morning. The remaining six aircraft landed safely at Luqa. According to pilot reports, Italian fighters were patrolling in the vicinity and it is believed they may have intercepted the Wellington carrying Air Vice Marshal Boyd. After an investigation it has been confirmed that he was not carrying secret papers which could compromise the war effort, with the exception of one confidential letter the contents of which have not been confirmed.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 21 NOVEMBER TO DAWN 22 NOVEMBER 1940
0034-0113; 0123-0153 hrs Two consecutive air raid alerts. The first is triggered by a single enemy raider which flies to within four miles of Gozo, where it circles before returning towards base. Then a single raider flies across Malta from west to east, dropping three high explosive bombs and four incendiaries between Qormi, Ta Qali and Rabat. Searchlights have difficulty illuminating the raider due to thick layers of cloud. A Malta fighter is unable to intercept and the raider gets away. Light machine guns at an Ack Ack post in Marsa open fire.
OPERATIONS REPORTS THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER 1940
4th Bn THE BUFFS (ROYAL EAST KENT REGIMENT) Major General Scobell, General Officer Commanding, paid a short visit to the camp.
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