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9 September 1941: Hitler Warned of Threat From Malta Submarines

09 Sep

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Hitler with Admiral Erich Raeder

Hitler with Admiral Erich Raeder

GERMAN NAVY CHIEF ALERTS NAZI COMMAND

According to intelligence sources, the Chief of German Naval Staff in Rome has reported to Berlin that submarines are the most dangerous [Allied] weapons in the Mediterranean, especially those at Malta.

ARRIVAL OF NEW FIGHTERS DELAYED

The first phase of the latest operation to deliver fighter aircraft to Malta was unsuccessful today when the almost half failed to arrive. Only one of the Blenheims due to guide the Hurricanes from an aircraft carrier to the Island reached the rendezvous point.  Just 14 of the Hurricanes could be flown off the carrier, all of which landed safely at Ta Qali.

Under ‘Operation Status’, 61 Hurricanes were embarked from the UK aboard the carrier Furious on 31 August, arriving at Gibraltar on Sunday.  26 were transferred to Ark Royal which reached the rendezvous early today.  When the second Blenheim did not arrive, Ark Royal turned back for Gibraltar to avoid enemy attack. 

The strengthening of Malta’s fighter force has been a priority for some weeks. Before today, numbers stood at 85 serviceable aircraft, mainly Mk II Hurricanes.  Under Phase II of Operation Status, Ark Royal is expected to make a further delivery of Hurricanes in a matter of days.

BICYCLE SECURITY

Troops have been asked to take much greater care of War Department bicycles. They are reminded that bicycles should be kept inside occupied buildings when not in use.  Officers and men who are permitted to use bicycles on leave are also to be held personally responsible for their safety.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 9 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 10 SEPTEMBER 1941

Weather  Fine and warm.

No air raids.

Military casualties  Private Frederick J Clapham, Royal Army Ordnance Corps.

OPERATIONS REPORTS TUESDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 1941

ROYAL NAVY  Operation Status Phase I completed, but only the first Flight arrived.  The second Flight did not start, owing to the failure of guiding Blenheim to appear.

AIR HQ Arrivals 1 Beaufighter, 14 Hurricane, 1 Sunderland. Departures 1 Bombay, 1 Sunderland, 3 Wellington. 69 Squadron Reconnaissance Striking Force patrols Ionian Sea and east Tunisian coast carried out by 3 Marylands and 1 Beaufort.  Hurricane photoreconnaissance patrol of Sicilian and Calabrian coasts. Fleet Air Arm Fulmar patrol of Trapani aerodrome unable to locate target due to poor visibility dropped bombs on Castelvetrano aerodrome causing a large fire. 38 Squadron 8 Wellingtons attacked Messina.   

TA QALI  5 officers and 9 sergeant pilots arrived by Hurricane from HMS Ark Royal.

FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS  Bomb Disposal UXB reported 3.

ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS  Private Clapham died as a result of an accident.

 

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