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ALBACORES ON THE ATTACK
In the early hours of this morning five aircraft of 828 Squadron Fleet Air Arm were dispatched from Hal Far to launch another attack on the submarine base at Augusta. All bombs were dropped in the target area. Observation of results was difficult owing to heavy opposition. All aircraft returned safely.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 7 NOVEMBER TO DAWN 8 NOVEMBER 1941
0540 hrs Air raid alarm. Four enemy aircraft approached from N only two crossing coast. First aircraft flew over Mellieha and dropped bombs in sea W of Dingli. A second aircraft came over Zonkor Point and dropped bombs on Corrodino Heights, was barraged by Ack Ack and damaged.
2036 hrs Air raid alarm. Seven enemy aircraft approached but only two crossed coast. Bombs dropped in sea four miles east of Island and in Msida area. Ack Ack fired two barrages
Military casualties Sergeant WOAG Thomas Whitmore, Royal Air Force.
OPERATIONS REPORT FRIDAY 7 NOVEMBER 1941
ROYAL NAVY “Upholder” sailed to patrol off Cephalonia, and sank a U boat on the way. Four Swordfish attempted to attack one MV east of Malta but failed to find target.
HAL FAR Two Fulmars, FAA, patrolled the Lampedusa area for enemy air ferry service. They returned to base owing to bad weather. 828 Squadron Fleet Air Arm Four Albacores were despatched to attack various targets in Sicily. Two aircraft dropped their bombs on Ragusa Railway Station causing a large explosion and a small fire. One aircraft dropped his load on the Bitumin factory near the railway station. The fourth aircraft dropped his load on factory east of Biscari causing several explosions. Weather clear over target.
LUQA 18 Squadron Five Blenheims attacked a convoy. 107 Squadron Six Blenheims failed to find the convoy. 40 Squadron Eleven Wellingtons attacked Brindisi; ten attacked the railway station. S/D Flight Two Wellingtons sent on ASV shipping search.
FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Bomb Disposal UXB Reported 6.
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