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NEW MACCHI 202 STEPS UP ENEMY RECONNAISSANCE
The employment by the enemy of the new Macchi 202 as a reconnaissance machine has now made it possible for him to recce the Island much more frequently, as these machines are very fast and always fly too high for interception by our own fighters. It must be assumed that these machines were equipped with cameras in similar manner to our Photo Reconnaissance Unit Hurricanes and Spitfires.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 30 NOVEMBER TO DAWN 1 DECEMBER 1941
0835 hrs Two Macchi fighters crossed the Island. No damage or casualties; no bombs dropped. This is the 1000th air alert on the Island since the first raid in June 1940.
0832 hrs Air raid alarm. Two recce Macchi’s crossed at 17,500 ft. No engagement.
1140 hrs; 1658 hrs; 1725 hrs Air raid alarms; raids do not materialise.
OPERATIONS REPORTS SUNDAY 30 NOVEMBER 1941
ROYAL NAVY 0500 hrs Ursula and Regent sailed for Gibraltar and United Kingdom to refit. Olympus arrived from Gibraltar with petrol and stores.
LUQA 0724-1110 hrs One Maryland 69 Squadron special search Ionian Sea. 0844-0945 hrs Photo-reconnaissance unit 2 on reconnaissance Comiso, Gerbeni, Catania, Gela. 1146-1545 hrs Two Marylands search B to shadow convoy. 1345-1745 hrs One Maryland 69 Squadron SF 6 patrol. One Blenheim 18 Squadron and one Blenheim 107 Squadron SF 11 patrol. Six Blenheims 107 Squadron despatched to attack convoy. Failed to locate target. Six Blenheims 18 Squadron attacked convoy in central Ionian Sea. One Wellington S/D Flight shipping search central Ionian Sea. Two Beaufighters B F Flight attacked motor transport along road east of Misrata.
8th BATTALION MANCHESTER REGIMENT Battle practices have been held on the Battle Practice Range, Pembroke. Rifle Companies and 4 Platoon took part, testing platoon in the attack. B Coy 2 Kings Own Malta Regiment are under command of the unit and training at Ghain Tuffieha camp.
FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Bomb Disposal UXB Reported 1.
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