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STUKA CHIEF’S ORDERS: SINK ILLUSTRIOUS
The German Luftwaffe’s Fliegerkorps X – including Ju87 Stuka dive-bombers – have today been ordered to Sicily to bolster the Italian Air Force. The special dive bomber task force under General Hans Ferdinand Geisler has been deployed to deal with the threat on Axis shipping in the Mediterranean from the Royal Navy. Hitler has issued General Geisler with a list of priorities, the first of which reads “Illustrious mussen sinken.”
Two Stuka units of Fliegerkorps X, with up to 100 aircraft, will be based at airfields in Catania and Comiso. They will undertake special training to strike at the British Mediterranean Fleet. A key target for the Luftwaffe will be the aircraft carrier Illustrious, which was at the centre of the successful attack on Taranto in which three of Italy’s six battleships were sunk, a major humiliation for the Italians.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 10 DECEMBER TO DAWN 11 DECEMBER 1940
Weather Cold and windy.
No air raids.
OPERATIONS REPORTS TUESDAY 10 DECEMBER 1940
AIR HQ Departures 1 Sunderland.
KALAFRANA Sunderland L5806, pilot F/Lt Ware, left for Middle East with passengers.
FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS No 1 Works Company began work on a Heavy Ack Ack gun position at Benghaisa.
8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT Lyon light practice.
2nd Bn ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT Working parties at Marino Pinto. Reconaissance of Rinella Sector with CO of A and D Companies.
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