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MALTA IS LIKELY TARGET FOR EXTRA BOMBERS
Reliable intelligence sources have reported that German chiefs of staff have pledged to increase air assistance to Sicily. The pledge was made during a conference of German and Italian General Staffs which is said to have taken place between 13 and 16 January. Intelligence operatives in Ankara have also reported the presence of three German air generals and two Admirals at the Italian Air Ministry, and two German generals and several senior staff officers at the Italian War Office.
On 10 January, Fliegerkorps 10, already in Sicily, were reported to have 255 aircraft (of which 179 were serviceable), including 209 dive and medium bombers and to have requested another four dive-bomber groups. The main objective of the additional German air support is said to be a sustained attack on British and Greek air and naval bases in the Mediterranean, which include Malta.
Although doubts have been raised about recent reports of massed German ground forces in Italy other than Ack Ack artillery, taken together the latest reports are believed to indicate closer Axis co-operation. An American newspaper man in Rome thought there were heavy tanks in western Sicily and that some kind of embarkation preparations were being made, but could name no port.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 28 JANUARY TO DAWN 29 JANUARY 1941
No air raids.
Military casualties Sergeant Douglas Hunter Cameron, Royal Air Force; Sergeant Arthur Henry May, Royal Air Force; Sergeant Air Gunner Thomas Reay, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve; Sergeant Wilfred Warren, Royal Air Force.
OPERATIONS REPORTS TUESDAY 28 JANUARY 1941
AIR HQ Two Swordfish on anti-submarine patrol.
LUQA 0847-1108 hrs 69 Squadron (431 Flight): 1 Maryland reconnaissance Tripoli, Mellaha and Castel Benito. As the Maryland returned two enemy fighters from Mellaha attempted to intercept; no damage.
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