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17 September 1941: Malta Faces Acute Water Shortage

17 Sep

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Two Blenheims lost today

Two Blenheims lost today

MILITARY UNITS WARNED TO CUT USAGE OR FACE CUT OFF

The water situation in Malta is now acute. In spite of repeated orders on the subject, it appears that certain military units are still greatly exceeding the authorised limit of 12 gallons per head, per day.

The Governor and Commander in Chief has issued an urgent personal appeal to the fighting services requesting their co-operation in ensuring that water consumption is kept to a minimum. Commanding Officers of all units are ordered to take the necessary steps to ensure that the limit is not exceeded in future.  If this does not happen, troops are warned that the water supply of the offending unit will be cut off during certain hours.  

TWO BLENHEIMS LOST IN ATTACK ON CONVOY

Two Blenheim aircraft and their crews were lost today during an attack on Axis shipping. The Blenheims were among four sent to attack a convoy of the coast of Tunisia heading towards Tripoli.  The Blenheims swooped for a low level attack on a schooner.  Pilot F/Sgt J Bendall’s aircraft collided with the schooner’s mast and crashed into the sea.  The pilot and his crew, wireless operator/air gunner Sgt A Brown and observer Sgt C Hill were all killed instantly.

The second Blenheim of P/O Peter Robinson was hit by anti-aircraft fire and burst into flames, killing all three of the crew including observer Sgt B F Brooks and wireless operator/air gunner Sgt F Burrell.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 17 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 18 SEPTEMBER 1941

Weather  Fine and warm.

No air raids.

Military casualties  Flight Sergeant Jack Bendall, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR), 105 Squadron; Flight Sergeant Alexander Brown, RAF, 105 Squadron; Sergeant Charles H Hill, RAFVR, 105 Squadron; Sergeant Bernard F Brooks, RAFVR, 107 Squadron; Sergeant Frank Burrell, RAF, 107 Squadron; Pilot Officer Peter E C Robinson, RAFVR, 107 Squadron.

OPERATIONS REPORTS WEDNESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 1941

AIR HQ  Arrivals 1 Blenheim, 1 Wellington. Departures 1 Sunderland, 1 Wellington. 38 Squadron 5 Wellingtons attacked Tripoli. 69 Squadron Marylands special patrol, photoreconnaissance Catania, Gerbini, Comiso; Blenheim special search. 105 Squadron 1 Blenheim searched for Swordfish aircraft.  4 Blenheims attacked a convoy.  P/O Robinson and Sgt Bendall failed to return. 107 Squadron 5 Blenheims attacked Licata. 830 Squadron Fleet Air Arm 6 Swordfish attacked a southbound convoy off Marittimo hitting one merchant vessel and slowing the convoy.

FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS  Bomb Disposal UXB reported 2.

 

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