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The BBC is to introduce a special weekly message programme on its Empire Services network for troops serving in Malta. According to the War Office, the 20 minute programme will start next Wednesday 18 June at 7pm local time. The BBC is expected to make an announcement on the Empire News shortly. Malta’s Commander in Chief Lt Gen Dobbie has warmly welcomed the news.
11 ENEMY AIRCRAFT SHOT DOWN IN 24 HOURS
A total of 11 enemy aircraft were shot down by Malta’s defenders yesterday, it has been confirmed. Most of the engagements took place out across the sea in the direction of Sicily and the local alarm was not sounded.
Searches continued today for survivors of yesterday’s air battles. Fleet Air Arm Fulmars and power boats searched for pilot P/O R H Munro who has been missing since his Hurricane went down during a dogfight yesterday morning. Wreckage of two aircraft was seen floating on the surface but there was no trace of the missing pilot. Meanwhile enemy aircraft carried out searches throughout the day between Malta and Sicily for missing Italian airmen.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 13 JUNE TO DAWN 14 JUNE 1941
Weather Hot and sunny.
No air raids.
Military casualties Midshipman John Collis Creasey, RNR, HMS Jade.
OPERATIONS REPORTS FRIDAY 13 JUNE 1941
AIR HQ Arrivals 2 Sunderland. Departures 1 Sunderland. 69 Squadron 4 Marylands on reconnaissance.
ARMY HQ Northern Infantry Brigade A training exercise was held to test the defences of Imtarfa Hospital.
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