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EYE-WITNESSES DESCRIBE LUFTWAFFE AIRCRAFT; UNEXPLODED BOMB IS GERMAN 50KG
German aircraft are believed to have been responsible for attacks on Malta overnight. Air raids started at ten in the evening and the final all clear did not sound until 0530 hrs this morning. 20 minutes later another raid started, lasting for over an hour. Reports have been coming in of bombs dropped on Luqa and Hal Far airfields. Rumours are spreading that the attackers were not Italian, but German.
First thing in the morning, the Bomb Disposal Officer is handed a Priority report of an unexploded bomb near an artillery battery at Targa Gap. He heads straight for the location, up on the Victoria Lines. The bomb is a 50kg: it is German.
REINFORCEMENT REQUEST REFUSED
From: The War Office To: Governor and C in C Malta
Regret NO increase in personnel can be allowed except by corresponding decrease elsewhere. If you are prepared to do this cable details.
A DASH FOR OIL
The recent increase in Royal Navy forces operating from Malta has left the Island short of fuel. As soon as darkness fell, the fast transport ship Breconshire sailed from Grand Harbour with an escort, to make a run for Alexandria to collect supplies.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 5 DECEMBER TO DAWN 6 DECEMBER 1941
2145-2229 hrs Air raid alarm. One enemy aircraft dropped bombs in sea.
2201-0533 hours Air raid alarm. Bombs dropped Luqa, Hal Far, Ta Qali and other areas.
0550-0652 hrs Air raid alarm.
Civilian casualties Zurrieq Anthony Farrugia, age 49; Zabbar Clementa Pullicino, age 48.
OPERATIONS REPORTS FRIDAY 5 DECEMBER 1941
ROYAL NAVY Eddy detonated a “Red” mine in position 045 degrees St. Elmo 3/4′. Breconshire, escorted by Kingston and Kimberley, sailed for Alexandria at 1700. Ajax, Neptune and Lively sailed on operations at 2000.
AIR HQ From Gibraltar: 18 Blenheims, 7 Beaufighters, 3 Beauforts.
LUQA 69 Squadron One Maryland SF1 patrol. One Maryland SF 9 patrol; one Maryland SF 6 patrol. 18 Squadron Two Blenheims SF 2B patrol. Photo-reconnaissance Unit 2 on recce Comiso and Gela. One Maryland on photo-reconnaissance Augusta and Crotone. One Maryland photo-reconnaissance Lybian aerodromes.107 Squadron One Blenheim SF 11 patrol.
Two Beaufighters BF/Flight patrol over Pantelleria for protection of aircraft arriving from Gibraltar. One Wellington S/D Flight special shipping search. Ten Wellingtons 40 Squadron and ten Wellingtons 104 Squadron attacked Royal Arsenal at Naples. P/O Hutt [40 Squadron] failed to return.
FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Bomb Disposal UXB Reported 2; dealt with 1 (50kg high explosive).
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