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10 December 1941: Luftwaffe Attack Targets Across Malta

10 Dec

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STRIKES ON STRATEGIC POINTS ACROSS ISLAND

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Ten enemy aircraft attacked Malta tonight, targeting strategic positions across the Island.  Bombs have been reported on airfields at Kalafrana and Hal Far, as well as in the Safi and Gudia areas close to Luqa.

Specific attacks were aimed at defensive gun positions on the Victoria Lines, at Wardia and between Madliena and Naxxar.  Aircraft were seen to swoop low and machine-gun their targets from low altitude.

Kalafrana (NWMA Malta)

Damage has been limited, according to reports.  The searchlight sound locator at Ghar Hassan received a direct hit but was not severely damaged.  The equipment is still in position and ready to detect incoming enemy raiders, who must now be expected at any hour of the day or night.

After two relatively quiet days, the raiders’ tactics leave little doubt that Malta needs to be prepared for more Luftwaffe attacks.   This is the second severe air raid since evidence was detected of the German air force’s return to Sicily (see report Saturday 6 December).

AIR RAIDS DAWN 10 DECEMBER TO DAWN 11 DECEMBER 1941

0630-0735 hrs Air raid alarm.

1608-1622 hrs  Air raid alarm.  Two Macchi 200’s carried out recce of Island.

1933 hrs  Air raid alarm.  Three enemy aircraft approached from north but did not cross coast.  Bombs in sea.

2225-0655 hrs  Air raids. 

OPERATIONS REPORTS WEDNESDAY 10 DECEMBER 1941

ROYAL NAVY  Neptune and Force K returned with nil result, enemy having turned back.

AIR HQ  Arrivals 1 Catalina from Aboukir. Departures  4 Blenheim for 108 MU.

HAL FAR  Night 9th-10th seven Swordfish 830 Squadron and five Albacores 828 Squadron despatched to attack two cruisers sighted by a Wellington.  Target not located and all aircraft returned to base.

LUQA  69 Squadron  One Maryland SF 9 patrol; one Maryland SF 6 patrol; photo-reconnaissance Lampedusa Harbour.  18 Squadron  One Blenheim SF 11 patrol; 1 Blenheim attacked two merchant vessels in Trapani Harbour with two Blenheims 107 Squadron.  107 Squadron  One Blenheim SF 11 patrol.  104 Squadron  Eight Wellingtons attacked targets at Benghazi.  One Wellington S/D Flight special shipping search. 

FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Bomb Disposal UXB  Reported 2; dealt with 1 (German 50kg).

 

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