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228 SQUADRON TRANSFERS TO MIDDLE EAST
Sunderland aircraft of 228 Squadron RAF are to leave Malta for the Middle East, it has been announced today. Since the entry of Italy to the war on 10 June last year, the flying boats have been based at Kalafrana, launching several successful attacking missions from Malta against Axis shipping. They have also made a vital contribution to reconnaissance of enemy convoy and fleet movements Malta alongside the Marylands of 69 Squadron. Concerns have been raised as to whether the few remaining Marylands will be able to cover Italian and North African harbours, as well as the sea routes in between.
In the past few weeks several Sunderland aircraft have been attacked at their moorings in Marsaxlokk and St Paul’s Bays. 228 Squadron personnel and aircraft are expected to leave Malta within a week. The Squadron will now have its base in Alexandria, Egypt.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 19 MARCH TO DAWN 20 MARCH 1941
0948-1000 hrs; 1040-1100 hrs; 1740-1806 hrs Air raid alerts for three separate enemy patrols around the Island which do not approaching the coast. Hurricane fighters are scrambled on each occasion but the enemy does not approach near enough to make attack necessary. Bad weather interferes with carrying out interceptions away from the Island.
OPERATIONS REPORTS WEDNESDAY 19 MARCH 1941
ROYAL NAVY 830 Squadron fired four torpedoes in the approach to Tripoli Harbour, covered by a bombing attack. One ship was observed hit by a bomb; one aircraft force-landed in Tunisia.
AIR HQ Departures 1 Sunderland. 69 Squadron 1015-1300 hrs Maryland patrolled between Cape Bon and Sicily for shipping information for submarines.
KALAFRANA One Sunderland left with part of 228 Squadron personnel on transfer to Middle East.
1st Bn CHESHIRE REGIMENT The CO spent the morning with the Northern Infantry Brigade, reconnoitring positions for the mobile machine-gun company.
8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT Brigade training exercise to test anti-parachute defences of the Victoria Lines and Ta Qali.
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