8 March 1941: Malta Artillery Strength To Top 9000

08 Mar

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A 40mm Bofors anti-aircraft gun and crew, Malta (IWM)ROYAL ARTILLERY STRENGTHENED TO THREE BRIGADES

A large increase in the Artillery establishment has now been approved for Malta. There will be three Brigades, totalling approximately 430 officers and 9000 other ranks.  Two will be dedicated to anti-aircraft defences, the third to mobile and coast defence.  A new unit, 10 Anti-Aircraft (AA) Brigade, will form in Malta on a date to be agreed, this is in addition to 7 AA Brigade already underway.  Royal Artillery command and Headquarters will be strengthened accordingly.


A Glenn Martin Maryland aircraft returned to Malta today after making a forced landing in Greece yesterday. The Pilot F/Officer Warburton left Malta at 0930 hrs yesterday morning to carry out photoreconnaissance of Taranto.   As he approached the target he sent the following message:  “Am being attacked by enemy aircraft – short of petrol – landing in Greece.”  On his return to Malta F/O Warburton reported that he was chased by enemy fighters out into the Adriatic and forced to land at Tatoi aerodrome, Athens. 


Weather  Fine.

0800-0843 hrs  Air raid alert for a single enemy aircraft which carries out reconnaissance at a high level.

1415-1430 hrs; 0030-0100 hrs  Air raid alerts; raids do not materialise.


ROYAL NAVY  Drifter Justified towing a skid exploded two magnetic mines close to the Marsamxett boom. HMS Utmost sank an enemy 8000 ton transport. 

AIR HQ  69 Squadron Glenn Martin Maryland of Flying Officer Warburton which had to make an emergency landing in Greece has returned.

1st Bn CHESHIRE REGIMENT  GOC made a tour with the CO of a large number of our posts and seemed satisfied. He informed us that in addition to our present duties we are to form one machine gun company from the less important posts; this company to become mobile when necessary.  Its job will be to put in a ‘stop’ in the event of the enemy gaining a footing on the Island, or to support a counter-attack to drive him into the sea.  On the code word ‘Libya’, Cos will despatch by motor transport personnel and equipment to the Mobile Machine-Gun Company to rendezvous as quickly as possible.  This is going to be a very difficult job to raise.  

FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS  Bomb Disposal UXB reported 2.

2nd Bn KINGS OWN MALTA REGIMENT  22 conscript recruits joined the Battalion.


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