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GUNNERS ALERT DESPITE NO AIR RAID WARNING
Coastal defenders of the 3rd Battalion, Kings Own Malta Regiment opened fire this morning on two Italian aircraft as they attempted to cross the southern coast on a reconnaissance raid over the Island. The gunners were taken by surprise as no air raid alarm had been heard to warn them of the incoming aircraft.
A Maryland aircraft force, thought to have been on a reconnaissance mission, landed on Ta Qali aerodrome today after an encounter with enemy aircraft.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 20 NOVEMBER TO DAWN 21 NOVEMBER 1941
0559 hrs Air raid alarm. Four enemy aircraft approached Island singly from north, only one crossing coast near St. Paul’s Bay. Ack Ack fired barrage. Bombs in sea.
0943 hrs Air raid alarm. Recce raid by two Macchi 200’s. Ack Ack fired two barrages.
1606 hrs Air raid alarm. Recce raid by two Macchi 200’s.
2019 hrs Air raid alarm. Two enemy aircraft approached Island but did not cross coast. Bombs in sea off Madalena.
2222 hrs Air raid alarm. One enemy aircraft approached Island from north and crossed coast St George’s area. Bombs dropped Pembroke “C” Range. No damage.
0157 hrs Air raid alarm. One enemy aircraft came in from north and dropped bombs in sea five miles north of Naxxar.
Military casualties 2/Lt Norman Owen, 11 Battalion The Lancashire Fusiliers.
OPERATIONS REPORTS THURSDAY 20 NOVEMBER 1941
ROYAL NAVY Ursula returned from patrol off Misurata, having unsuccessfully attacked a small convoy. Six Swordfish laid mines outside Tripoli Harbour and at same time three Albacores created diversion with bombs and three other Albacores laid mines.
HAL FAR Night five Swordfish, 830 Squadron Fleet Air Arm despatched to lay mines outside Tripoli Harbour. The operation was successfully carried out and all aircraft safely returned to base.
LUQA 18 Squadron One Blenheim SF11 Patrol. Three Blenheims special search for missing aircraft. 107 Squadron One Blenheim SF11 Patrol. Six Blenheims attacked convoy. 104 Squadron Five Wellingtons nuisance raid Naples. Three Wellingtons nuisance raid Brindisi.
FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Bomb Disposal UXB Reported 6; dealt with (1 x 70kg incendiary; 1 x 43kg incendiary; 3 x Thermos).
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