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The 3rd Battalion Kings Own Malta Regiment has been asked to man anti-aircraft gun positions to help protect Luqa aerodrome from attack. One Sergeant and 12 men will form three anti-aircraft light machine-gun posts at the aerodrome. The four-men crews will each man an anti-aircraft Bren gun from morning ‘stand to’ to evening ‘stand down’, and during daylight air observations. The crews will be stood down overnight. Stone sangars will be constructed for each location and lined with sandbags to form a secure gun position.
KINGS OWN MALTA REGIMENT LAUNCH FUND FOR DISTRESSED FAMILIES
The Kings Own Malta Regiment have voted unanimously to establish a Regimental Distress Fund to help soldiers whose families are affected by enemy bombing. The object of the fund is to accumulate an amount from which small sums can be paid to serving soldiers who through enemy action suffer damage or loss to their household belongings. It is intended to assist afflicted families in obtaining immediate necessaries such as beds, blankets, cooking utensils and clothing. Each Battalion and the Static Group will make an intitial contribution of £30. Voluntary contributions will be made on a sliding scale from 10/- per month by a Colonel/Lt Colonel down to 2d per month by a regular soldier.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 12 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 13 SEPTEMBER 1941
Weather Fine and warm.
No air raids.
Military casualties Squadron Leader Frederick R H Charney, DFC, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR), 105 Squadron; Sergeant Donald R Harris, RAFVR, 105 Squadron; Sergeant Sidney Porteous, RAFVR, 105 Squadron; Sergeant Joseph E Mortimer, RAFVR, 107 Squadron; Flying Officer Charles D Owen, RAFVR, 107 Squadron; Sergeant Douglas J Reid, RAFVR, 107 Squadron.
OPERATIONS REPORTS FRIDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 1941
ROYAL NAVY Operation Status Phase II postponed. HM Submarine Utmost departed to search for the crew of a downed Blenheim.
AIR HQ Arrivals 1 Sunderland, 5 Wellington. Departures 1 Sunderland, 1 Wellington. 38 Squadron 7 Wellingtons attacked a convoy approaching Tripoli. 69 Squadron Photo reconnaissance Taranto, Messina, Palermo. 105 Squadron 1 Blenheim special patrol. 8 Blenheims attacked a convoy. S/Ldr Charney’s Blenheim was shot down in flames, S/Ldr Sgt Brandwood and Sgt Mortimer failed to return. 830 Squadron Fleet Air Arm 7 Swordfish attacked a convoy setting a tanker and a merchant vessel on fire. One Fulmar on offensive patrol over Catania and Gerbini aerodromes dropped high explosives and incendiaries on Gerbini and machine-gunned both aerodromes.
FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Bomb Disposal UXB reported 2.
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