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A lack of essential equipment has put several anti-aircraft guns across Malta out of action. Three urgent orders for supplies made two months ago have not yet been fulfilled. Only a handful of the 18 bearing and elevation receivers ordered on 10 February have arrived. The Governor and Commander in Chief has made an urgent request to the War Office for the balance of the equipment to be flown to Malta immediately.
COVERT OPERATIONS TROOPS TO LEAVE MALTA
The War Office has decided that Special Service troops currently Malta would be better deployed in the Middle East. In a telegram today to the Governor and Commander in Chief, the WO expressed the belief that there is no likely role for them in Malta command.
The Independent Company, Special Service Battalion – expert in covert sea to land operations – arrived in Malta as part of Operation Colossus in February. The unit is normally based at Manoel Island but has most recently been in Gozo as part of the anti-invasion operation ‘Picnic’.
Lt Gen Sir William Dobbie has responded to the War Office pointing out that the Special Service personnel are very usefully employed in Malta. However, accepting that the unit is directly under the command of the Chief of Staff Mediterranean, he has agreed reluctantly to the transfer, if the unit’s skills are urgently required elsewhere.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 10 APRIL TO DAWN 11 APRIL 1941
1230-1320 hrs Air raid alert for two enemy aircraft which cross Gozo from north to south and then from south to north over Hal Far and San Rocco. Malta fighters are scrambled and anti-aircraft guns engage; no engagement.
1517-1530 hrs Air raid alert for six enemy aircraft approaching the Island from the north. They circle to the west and north of the Island before moving away northwards. Nine Hurricanes are scrambled; no engagement reported.
1554 hrs Air raid alert; raid does not materialise.
Military casualties Gunner William Henry Pateman, 12 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery.
OPERATIONS REPORTS THURSDAY 10 APRIL 1941
ROYAL NAVY One southbound convoy located by air reconnaissance. 830 Squadron despatched after dark but failed to intercept.
AIR HQ Arrivals 1 Sunderland. 69 Squadron Maryland reconnaissance Tripoli Harbour: 8 destroyers, 12 plus merchant vessels. Maryland reconnaissance Palermo Harbour: 2 cruisers, 5 destroyers, 14 merchant vessels. Maryland reconnaissance between Malta and eastern Tunisian coast for enemy shipping sighted convoy; 830 Squadron being despatched for torpedo attack.
HAL FAR PM Operational flight by 8 aircraft 830 Squadron, target Tripoli; all returned safely.
KALAFRANA Sunderland arrived from Middle East with freight.
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