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Malta fighters are now mounting standing patrols every morning in anticipation of visits by enemy aircraft. Daily morning reconnaissance and patrols by Luftwaffe bombers and fighters have become a regular occurrence. The new defensive patrols are intended to deter raids and if possible launch a pre-emptive attack on approaching raiders.
HELP FOR SERVICEMEN WITH RELATIVES IN UK
Measures have been announced today to assist service personnel stationed in Malta in managing the aftermath of enemy raids on their home areas. The Welfare Department of the War Office has arranged for the Soldiers’ Sailors’ and Airmen’s Families Association to deal with enquiries from British soldiers serving overseas relating to air raid, family and personal problems.
The new scheme is devised specially to help with problems resulting from enemy raids, such as tracing of relatives, completion of compensation claims for loss. The SSAFA will not only deal with the actual enquiry but will try to give much-needed help or advice for each particular case.
Enquiries from servicemen will to be sent through their Adjutant who will forward them direct to the SSAFA in England. Very urgent matters will be sent by cable.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 17 MAY TO DAWN 18 MAY 1941
0716-0740 hrs Air raid alert for one JU 88 bomber escorted by three ME 109 fighters which carries out reconnaissance across the Island. Malta fighters on standing patrol are in position above the approaching enemy raiders. Wireless trouble prevents interception.
OPERATIONS REPORTS SATURDAY 17 MAY 1941
AIR HQ 252 Squadron Offensive operations. 69 Squadron 2 Marylands reconnaissance eastern Tunisian and Sicilian coast. Maryland reconnaissance between Malta and Corfu reports convoy. Dawn operation by Beaufighters 252 Squadron against aerodromes in Greece.
FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Bomb Disposal UXB reported 12; dealt with 3 (2 x 250kg; 1 x 500kg).
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