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AIR RAIDS 7 DECEMBER TO 8 DECEMBER 1941
0127 hrs Air raid alarm sounded after bombs dropped in sea south of Ghar Lapsi. Two further raids approached and took over intruder patrols, attempting to shoot up returning Wellingtons [from last night’s attack on the Royal Harbour at Naples].
A low level bombing and machine gun attack was made on Ghar Lapsi searchlight station, bombs dropped one mile south of Siggiewi. No damage or casualties. Ack Ack barraged twice, Bofors and Light Machine Guns engaged several low flying aircraft.
Rumours are circulating that Italian Regia Aeronautica pilots are flying German aircraft on missions over Malta.
0657 hrs All-clear sounds. The Island has been on constant alert since 1959 hrs yesterday.
OPERATIONS REPORTS SUNDAY 7 DECEMBER 1941
ROYAL NAVY Three Swordfish left to attack one merchant vessel west of Malta, but failed to locate target.
AIR HQ Arrivals Two Beaufighters, two Wellingtons, one Halifax from Gibraltar.
HAL FAR Four Albacores 828 Squadron despatched to attack Castel Benito Aerodrome. One dropped bombs on Mellaha. Bombs dropped on south side of Mellaha aerodrome causing large column of black smoke. At Castel Benito dispersal areas were attacked and eight medium and one large fire started. Opposition intense but inaccurate. All aircraft returned safely.
LUQA S/D Flight One Wellington shipping search. 69 Squadron One Maryland on anti-submarine patrol; one Maryland special search Ionian sea; one Maryland SF 12 patrol. Photo-Reconnaissance One Maryland Argostoli and Navarino harbours; one Maryland Tripoli Harbour. PR Unit 2: one over Catania and Gela; another over Tripoli Harbour and Castel Benito. 18 Squadron One Blenheim special search Kerkanna area for merchant vessel; one Blenheim 18 Squadron SF 2B patrol. Five Blenheims despatched to attack convoy (failed to locate). 107 Squadron One Blenheim SF 11 patrol; five Blenheims despatched to attack convoy (failed to locate). 104 Squadron Six Wellingtons attacked Castel Benito aerodrome. Two Wellingtons attacked Tripoli.
FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Bomb Disposal UXB Reported 3.
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