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14 November 1941: Malta Supply Convoy Sunk

14 Nov

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BRITISH MERCHANT SHIPS LOST EN ROUTE TO MALTA

Two merchant vessels travelling in unescorted convoy through the western Mediterranean have been destroyed by enemy action.  The ships were loaded with military stores and ammunition for Malta.  In the early hours of this morning, Empire Pelican was hit by Italian torpedoes and sank between Galita Island and Tunisia.  Empire Defender is believed to have met the same fate. 

German U-boats operating in W Med

The convoy attempt was the latest in a series of clandestine missions to run supply ships along the North African coast disguised as local tramp vessels. However, with German U boats also known to be operating in the Western Mediterranean, the operation of future such convoys from the British mainland is now in doubt.

GOVERNOR CONFIRMS ORDER FOR CIVILIAN COMMODITIES

Already concerned at food shortages and their effect on the civilian population, Lt Gen Dobbie is anxious to ensure that future supplies of these and other essentials are secure. 

From: Governor & C in C Malta                                                    To: The War Office

“Presume demands submitted by civil government to Crown Agents for engineer stores, foodstuffs and medical supplies required for civil population have not been cancelled under terms of 12/1.  This would upset our whole system of supply.  Please pass copy to Colonial Office.”

AIR RAIDS DAWN 14 NOVEMBER TO DAWN 15 NOVEMBER 1941

No air raids.

Military casualties  Sergeant WO/AG William Eaton, Royal Air Force, 114 Squadron

OPERATIONS REPORTS FRIDAY 14 NOVEMBER 1941

LUQA  0756-1212 hrs One Blenheim 107 Squadron SF11 patrol.  0800-1311 hrs  One Blenheim 18 Squadron on shipping search.  1350-1804 hrs  One Blenheim 18 Squadron SF11 patrol.  PM  One Wellington shipping search Taranto Bay and Straits of Otranto. Two Wellingtons of 104 Squadron nuisance raid on Brindisi. Twelve Wellingtons of 40 Squadron and seven Wellingtons of 104 Squadron attacked Catania.

TA QALI  Blenheim aircraft No L7887 force landed on the aerodrome.  Pilot Sgt Bank and observer Sgt Lowcock uninjured. Sgt WO/AG William Eaton, 114 Squadron, Royal Air Force killed by enemy action.

FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Bomb Disposal UXB  Dealt with 1 (2kg incendiary).

 

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