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WIRELESS OPERATOR SAVES SUNDERLAND
Gale force winds and heavy seas damaged four Sunderland aircraft moored in Marsaxlokk Harbour this evening. Force 8 gales whipped up waves to 15 feet within the harbour, subjecting the seaplanes to heavy pounding.
One Sunderland broke its main pennant and anchor chain simultaneously and was in danger of being destroyed. Its Wireless Operator sprang into action, and single-handedly managed to start the outboard engines. He skilfully manoeuvred the plane out of danger and held it steady until help arrived from another boat which managed to take a line and make fast to another mooring.
Three other Sunderlands broke their main pennants but crews kept their engines kept running to ease the strain on the anchor chains. All four boats are now unserviceable, although damage is not apparently serious. A full inspection began this morning and repairs are proceeding at speed.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 3 JANUARY TO DAWN 4 JANUARY 1941
Weather Cold and stormy.
No air raids.
1515 hrs A mine reported by 3rd Bn Kings Own Malta Regiment exploded on the beach at Torri Hamria.
Military casualties Fusilier Patrick McCann, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers.
OPERATIONS REPORTS FRIDAY 3 JANUARY 1941
AIR HQ No air operations undertaken due to bad weather.
FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Madalena Fougasse fired by 24 Fortress Company. Bomb Disposal UXB reported 0; dealt with 1 (Ack Ack shell case).
8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT A lifebelt from the destroyer Hyperion was found near a coastal defence post.
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