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1 January 1941: Wellingtons Successfully Bomb Tripoli

01 Jan

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RAID SUMMARY DECEMBER 40

  • No of raids 18 (including 6 night raids)
  • Days without air raid alerts 20
  • Total time under alert 8 hours 24 mins
  • Average length of alert 28 mins

Wellington bombers

ROYAL ENGINEERS STRENGTH TO INCREASE

From: Governor & C in C               To: War Office

Present establishment of 16 Fortress Company Royal Engineers one major, three sub-lieutenants. It will be necessary to retain the company attached to 4 Searchlight Regiment, Royal Malta Artillery, for a considerable period until Maltese recruits are available and trained.  I strongly recommend the establishment of 16 Company to be increased by one captain in order to free the major from administrative duties and to make him more available for training. I can find personnel locally.

KIT CHANGES

From: Governor & C in C                                                                      To: War Office

In view of the changed conditions here, I am placing [all] troops under Foreign Service scale (No 2) of clothing and necessaries instead of active service scale (Nos 3 and 4) from this date.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 1 JANUARY TO DAWN 2 JANUARY 1941

Weather  Rain and strong winds.

No air raids.

OPERATIONS REPORTS WEDNESDAY 1 JANUARY 1941

LUQA 431 Flight: 1 Maryland reconnaissance Tripoli; 1 Maryland reconnaissance Taranto prevented by bad weather; 1 Maryland reconnaissance Pantelleria prevented by engine trouble. 148 Squadron: 10 Wellingtons bombing raid Tripoli, Spanish Wharf: 2 large merchant vessels hit.  

1st Bn DORSETSHIRE REGIMENT  B Company completed their move from Rinella Sector to Zeitun School and are now in Battalion Reserve. Two Companies 2nd Bn Royal West Kent took over Rinella Sector.  Carrier Platoon moved from Luqa to Wolseley Camp. 

8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT  HQ B Company moved from Ta Saliba to Imtarfa.

2nd Bn ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS  Seven passed Classification of Signallers course.

2nd Bn ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT  Strength of Battalion: 27 officers, 879 other ranks. Carrier Platoon left  Ta Qali and proceeded to Luqa as relief of No 4 Platoon 1st Bn Dorset Regiment. 

 

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Posted by on January 1, 2016 in January 1941

 

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One response to “1 January 1941: Wellingtons Successfully Bomb Tripoli

  1. agray

    January 1, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Yours is a very interesting blog and presents a perspective of the war in the Mediterranean that is often missed. I look forward to your postings in 2016. Thank you for doing this.

     

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