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29 October 1941: Malta Supply Ship Empire Guillemot Sunk

29 Oct

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  • 18 Wellingtons attacked marshalling yards at Tripoli.
  • 8 Blenheims attacked targets along the Calabrian coast.
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ITALIAN RADIO CLAIMS SINKING OF ‘LARGE ENEMY SUPPLY SHIP’

An Italian radio report today appears to confirm the sinking of the supply ship Empire Guillemot.  The vessel was feared lost failed to reach her rendezvous point last Friday, two days after she left Malta.  According to Italian radio, “torpedo aircraft operating south of Malta have sunk a large enemy supply ship”.  The Italians claim that the 5600 ton Empire Guillemot was spotted off La Galita Island near Cape Bon by one of their sloops.  Bombers were alerted to the merchant ship’s position, attacked and sank her.  According to the radio report, there were initially 35 survivors but two have since died. 

DOG NUISANCE

Troops have been warned that the large number of dogs now being kept in some barracks and billets is becoming a nuisance. Their presence is considered undesirable on hygienic grounds.  There have also been reported cases of dogs being hostile and causing annoyance. 

In issuing their warning today, military chiefs have made it clear that there is no wish to deprive troops unnecessarily of the companionship of dogs. However, commanding officers are reminded that under King’s Regulations their number must be limited, they must be healthy and kept under proper control.  They are also instructed to ensure that dogs are not left behind when units move, which causes suffering to the animals and makes for unhealthy conditions in the vacated quarters.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 29 OCTOBER TO DAWN 30 OCTOBER 1941

Weather  Fair.

0152-0230 hrs  Air raid alert for two unidentified enemy bombers approaching from the north. One aircraft turns back 15 miles from the Island.  The second approaches Kalafrana, crosses the coast and turns south, turns again and recedes north-eastwards without dropping any bombs.  Two Hurricanes are scrambled but there is no interception.

OPERATIONS REPORTS WEDNESDAY 29 OCTOBER 1941

AIR HQ  Arrivals 9 Blenheim, 1 Cathay, 1 Flamingo, 1 Heinkel, 4 Wellington. 18 Squadron 6 Blenheims attacked targets along the Calabrian coast. 40 Squadron 6 Wellingtons attacked marshalling yards in Tripoli. 69 Squadron 3 Marylands special patrols.  Photoreconnaissance Catania. 104 Squadron 12 Wellingtons attacked marshalling yards in Tripoli. 107 Squadron 4 Blenheims attacked targets at Soverato.  2 Blenheims attacked targets along the Calabrian coast.  

1st Bn CHESHIRE REGIMENT  Some Naval officers were put through practises of all automatic weapons, including the ‘Tommy’ gun.

 

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