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30 November 1940: Malta Needs More Reconnaissance Aircraft

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GLENN MARTIN SQUADRON TOO SMALL TO COVER MOVEMENTS OF DISPERSED ITALIAN FLEET

Royal Navy headquarters Mediterranean today issued a report on the current situation of Malta in the war effort.  

According to the report, the establishment of a new Naval base at Suda Bay, combined with the dispersal of the main Italian fleet following the attack on Taranto have facilitated the transit of convoys to Malta through the eastern Mediterranean. Supply runs from Alexandria together with two ships which reached the Island direct from England via the western Mediterranean have resulted in the build-up of stocks of all stores in Malta and greatly eased the supply problem.

However, the recent dispersal of the Regia Marina has made the job of reconnaissance by the Glenn Martin squadron in Malta much more challenging.  While the Italian fleet was based in Taranto and Brindisi, reconnaissance could either find them in harbour or, if not, confirm they must be at sea.  However, since the fleet been dispersed, a handful of RAF aircraft capable of long range reconnaissance cannot keep track of all the main enemy units.  As a result, the report says that little progress has been made with proposed attacks on enemy convoys proceeding from the west of Sicily to Tripoli.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 30 NOVEMBER TO DAWN 1 DECEMBER 1940

Weather  Stormy and cold.

No air raids.  

OPERATIONS REPORTS SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER 1940

2nd Bn KINGS OWN MALTA REGIMENT  Demonstration of use of anti-tank screens. Battalion strength 472.

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