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ATTACK ON TOBRUK NOT RULED OUT BY WAR CABINET
Attacks by Malta submarines and aircraft on Axis supply convoys in the Mediterranean have limited supplies to the Afrika Korps in Libya enough to prevent a large-scale offensive. However, some German and Italian reinforcements have continued to land there in recent days, according to reports to the British War Cabinet. As a result, military leaders in London consider that an attack on Tobruk by Axis forces remains a real possibility.
69 SQUADRON PHOTO-RECONNAISSANCE REPORT
Malta’s Maryland photoreconnaissance unit has reported the following from today’s surveys of Sicilian aerodromes:
- Palermo: No substantial changes since 6 September. 5 large aircraft, 6 medium, 11 small.
- Catania: 29 aircraft including 7 BR 20, 1 SM 52, 7 Cant 135, 2 Cant 310, 11 small aircraft.
- Gerbini: 23 aircraft including 1 SM 82, 15 Cant 135, 3 Cant 110, 4 unidentified.
- The other airfields were not covered due to cloud.
LORRIES DAMAGE RAF TAXI STRIPS
It has been reported that heavy Army lorries including Scammells have been using RAF taxi strips as a route across aerodromes. As a result significant damage has been caused to the surfaces when wet. Troops have been ordered to cease the practice forthwith.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 15 OCTOBER TO DAWN 16 OCTOBER 1941
Weather Fine and cool.
0853-0911 hrs Air raid alert for two enemy aircraft which cross the Island at very high altitude, probably on reconnaissance. Anti-aircraft guns fire a number of pointer rounds. Ten Hurricanes are scrambled but and unable to intercept.
OPERATIONS REPORTS WEDNESDAY 15 OCTOBER 1941
ROYAL NAVY HM Submarine Unique torpedoed and probably sank the Italian armed merchant cruiser Citta di Genova (5314 tons) to the south of Naples.
AIR HQ Arrivals 1 Catalina. 69 Squadron 1 Maryland special patrol; 1 Maryland search for convoy. 1 Blenheim patrol Sicilian coast. Photoreconnaissance Palermo, Gerbini and Catania. 221 Squadron 1 Wellington patrol Messina and Naples. 830 Squadron Fleet Air Arm 7 Swordfish carried out a search for Hurricane pilot P/O Barnwell of Malta Night Fighter Unit; search unsuccessful.
FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Bomb Disposal UXB reported 0; dealt with 4 (2kg incendiary).
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