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1 June 1941: Malta’s New Air Chief to Lead RAF Offensive

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RAID SUMMARY MAY 1941

  • No of air raid alerts 97 (including 26 night raids)
  • Days without air raid alerts 2
  • Total time under alert 60 hours 40 mins
  • Average length of alert 37 mins
  • Civilians killed by enemy action 24
Air Vice Marshal Hugh Pugh Lloyd MV DFC (c IWM CM3068

Air Vice Marshal Hugh Pugh Lloyd MV DFC (c IWM CM3068

LLOYD IS NEW AIR OFFICER COMMANDING FOR MALTA

Malta’s new Air Officer Commanding will lead offensive air operations against Axis shipping in the Mediterranean as well as defending the Island’s skies. Air Vice Marshal Hugh Pugh Lloyd MV DFC who takes up his post today brings his experience as Senior Air Staff Officer at RAF No 2 (Bombing) Group Abingdon in England.  He has been briefed to set up attacks against enemy supply lines between Axis territories and North Africa.  The former Bomber Command officer is well qualified for the task, and is credited with instigating the despatch of Blenheim bombers to Malta.

He will also continue AVM Maynard’s work of the defence of Malta. The RAF is now enjoying air superiority over the Italian forces in the skies over the Island.  Further Hurricanes are also expected imminently to increase the Malta’s fighter strength.

PLACE NAMES WIPED OUT

Security measures continue to be stepped up as Malta faces the ongoing threat of enemy invasion. Place names are to be removed from signposts across the Island since the information displayed could be of value to enemy parachutists, should they succeed in landing on any part of the Island. (1)

AIR RAIDS DAWN 1 JUNE TO DAWN 2 JUNE 1941

Weather  Fine and warm.

1616-1645 hrs  Air raid alert for one enemy aircraft believed to be a JU 88 bomber on reconnaissance, escorted by nine fighters. The bomber carries out reconnaissance over Grand Harbour at 19000 feet.  Anti-aircraft guns engage; no claims. Hurricanes are scrambled but do not engage as they are unable to reach height in time. 

1905-1909 hrs  Air raid alert caused by the return of a Maryland aircraft.

OPERATIONS REPORTS SUNDAY 1 JUNE 1941

ROYAL NAVY 830 Squadron Fleet Air Arm Four Swordfish launched a successful attack with 4 ‘cucumbers’ against Tripoli.

AIR HQ  Departures 1 Beaufighter.   69 Squadron 4 Marylands special reconnaissance southern coast of Italy.  AVM H P Lloyd, MC, DFC appointed Air Officer Commanding, Malta.   

HAL FAR  G/C M L Taylor, AFC, assumed command of RAF Station, Hal Far.

LUQA G/C Cahill, BDFC, AFC, assumed command of RAF Station, Luqa.

FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS  Bomb Disposal UXB reported 2.

ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS  Strengths officers 25; WOs 8; other ranks 123.

2nd Bn ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT  Strength of Battalion officers 27, other ranks 869.

(1) Malta Blitzed But Not Beaten, Philip Vella, Progress Press 1985

 

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