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830 SQUADRON PRAISED FOR SUCCESSES
830 Squadron Fleet Air Arm have been praised today for their role in recent offensive operations from Malta on Axis convoys in the Mediterranean. In just two weeks from 4 to 18 October the Squadron, which is operating under the command of the AOC Malta, has been active almost nightly, undertaking 10 missions totalling 67 sorties, launching nine attacks on convoys and one on a single merchant ship.
On two occasions, a formation of Swordfish launched two strikes on a convoy in a single night, attacking first in the late evening, then returning to base to refuel before setting out to launch their second attack before dawn, causing further damage to merchant shipping. On another occasion the Swordfish leader who lost contact with his torpedo aircraft went ahead alone and launched a solo attack on the target convoy.
In total over the period the Squadron has damaged and stopped 17 enemy merchant ships, including six sunk, for the loss of one Swordfish. In the previous seven months from March to September 830 Squadron damaged 38 ships including 15 sunk, from a total of 67 vessels attacked.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 20 OCTOBER TO DAWN 21 OCTOBER 1941
1101-1137 hrs Air raid alert for three enemy aircraft which fly down the east coast 15 miles off shore; a fourth aircraft follows on but turns back while still 50 miles away. Five Hurricane fighters are airborne; no interceptions.
OPERATIONS REPORTS MONDAY 20 OCTOBER 1941
ROYAL NAVY P31 arrived from Gibraltar and United Kingdom. Porpoise sailed for Alexandria with stores and personnel.
AIR HQ Arrivals 1 Clare, 1 Flamingo. Departures 2 Blenheim, 1 Wellington. 18 Squadron 6 Blenheims attacked selected target at Acireale. 69 Squadron Maryland patrols Marittimo, Sardinia and Sicily. 1 Blenheim reconnaissance east Sicilian coast. Photoreconnaissance Sardinia and Sicily. 830 Squadron Fleet Air Arm 4 Swordfish on shipping search of Kerkennah without result.
2nd Bn DEVONSHIRE REGIMENT Battalion returns from Gozo.
1st Bn DORSETSHIRE REGIMENT Battalion deployed to Gozo training camp.
8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT Anti-parachute exercise.
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