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RECONNAISSANCE CONFIRMS STRIKE AND LOCATES FRESH TARGETS
A Glenn Martin reconnaissance aircraft from Malta today confirmed the presence of three enemy cruisers in Tripoli Harbour. The photo-reconnaissance mission was ordered to identify the damage done overnight by Wellingtons of 148 Squadron and to confirm the presence of further targets for bombing operations.
The reconnaissance photographs reveal a large oil patch covering one third of the harbour area. One large merchant vessel from north of the harbour and one destroyer from the eastern jetty have disappeared, confirming the success of last night’s attacks.
The ships observed in Tripoli Harbour include nine merchant vessels over 6000 tons, seven merchant vessels 4000 tons, 12 merchant vessels under 2000 tons, eight small naval craft and two destroyers. Six Cant aircraft are moored at the seaplane base.
No Ack Ack fire was encountered during the mission. On its completion, the Glenn Martin went on to photograph Pantelleria as requested by the Air Ministry. However the pilot faced intense heavy Ack Ack fire and a number of fighters took off from the airfield during his mission, probably to intercept. Results of the mission were therefore unsatisfactory and a further attempt will be made as soon as possible.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 2 JANUARY TO DAWN 3 JANUARY 1941
Weather Cold and stormy.
No air raids.
OPERATIONS REPORTS THURSDAY 2 JANUARY 1941
LUQA 431 Flight: 1 Glenn Martin reconnaissance Tripoli and Pantelleria.
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