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WELLINGTON BOMBERS SCOURGE OF ITALIANS
Two Albacores, 828 Squadron Fleet Air Arm (FAA) set out from Hal Far this morning in a desperate search for the crew of a missing Wellington bomber. The aircraft was one of five Wellingtons which left Gibraltar yesterday for delivery to Malta. They were attacked within 100 miles of their destination and one was shot down.
Night raids by Malta’s Wellington bombers have proved the scourge of Italy’s ships and port facilities as well as airfields. In the past six months they have completed over a thousand sorties, made especially difficult in recent weeks by the bad weather which has frequently waterlogged Luqa aerodrome.
The returning FAA search aircraft brought good news. The crew’s dinghy was located and they were picked up by rescue launch.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 16 NOVEMBER TO DAWN 17 NOVEMBER 1941
No air raids.
OPERATIONS REPORTS SUNDAY 16 NOVEMBER 1941
LUQA One Blenheim from 107 Squadron set out in the morning on SF11 patrol.
FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Bomb Disposal UXB Dealt with 1 (2kg incendiary).
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