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GERMAN SUPPLIES ALL BUT EXHAUSTED
Military intelligence suggests that Rommel’s Africa Korps have all but exhausted their fuel stocks and other essentials required to maintain their desert campaign. Malta’s air forces today increased their efforts to prevent enemy convoys from supplying the German forces. Successful bombing raids have been carried out on harbours and shipping in Sicily and Greece. Allied bombing of road transport has severely depleted the few supplies which have managed to reach the North African coast.
The search by reconnaissance aircraft from Malta continues across all possible convoy routes for surface shipping and submarines attempting supply runs across the Mediterranean.
GERMAN ATTACKERS IDENTIFIED
Sightings of German aircraft have been confirmed in raids on Malta today. Reports show that the enemy is targeting searchlights and gun positions protecting the airfields. This strategy shows signs of preparation for a heavier attack on the Island’s air forces, all of whom have been placed on alert. Attackers were valiantly fought off by the Island’s gunners but two airfield ground crew were killed in the raids.
DELIVERY AIRCRAFT LOST
Four pilots of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve reported lost today have been named as Flight Sergeant Kenneth Brown (aged 23), Sergeants Andrew Dick, 29 and Nevil Leaver, 25, and John Pinsent, aged 25. The pilots were members of a detachment of 233 Squadron posted to Gibraltar just days ago.
They were flying Lockheed Hudson aircraft en route to Malta but failed to arrive at their destination. The Hudsons were destined to supplement the Island’s anti-submarine and reconnaissance force.
GOVERNOR SEEKS TO STRENGTHEN CIVIL DEFENCE
Malta’s Governor & Commander in Chief has written today to the War Office requesting approval to increase civil defence personnel, as follows:
Camp Commandant responsible for defence of Castille area of Valetta six posts. Defence of Command S.M. eight posts. Supervision of Grand Harbour nine watching posts. Also musters and organises and commands mobile reserve comprised of leave etc. personnel caught in Valetta by surprise attack.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 11 DECEMBER TO DAWN 12 DECEMBER 1941
0943-1018 hrs Air raid alarm. No engagement.
1910-2009 hrs Air raid alarm. Four enemy aircraft approached – only one crossing coast. Heavy Ack Ack fired two immediate barrages.
2130-2330 hrs Air raid alarm. Four enemy aircraft approached, only two crossing coast. Heavy Ack Ack fired two immediate barrages. Bombs near Mgarr and in sea. Kalafrana searchlight machine-gunned – low-flying aircraft engaged by light machine gun and Bofors. Target illuminated for a few seconds.
Military casualties Sgt John S Pinsent, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR), 233 Squadron; Sgt Nevil Leaver, RAFVR, 233 Squadron; Sgt Andrew C Dick, RAFVR, 233 Squadron, Flt Sgt Kenneth C Brown, RAFVR, 233 Squadron; AC2 Roderick Macdonald, Royal Air Force; Private Ronald Coles, 2nd Battalion The Devonshire Regiment.
OPERATIONS REPORTS THURSDAY 11 DECEMBER 1941
ROYAL NAVY Four Swordfish carried out search for shipping in vicinity of Messina, but sighted nothing. Albacores bombed Castel Benito aerodrome.
AIR HQ Arrivals 4 Wellingtons from Gibraltar plus 1 Clare.
LUQA 69 Squadron One Maryland SF 9 patrol; one Maryland SF 6 patrol. Photo-reconnaissance One Maryland Navarino and Patras and one Maryland Messina area; one Maryland to North African aerodromes. 18 Squadron One Blenheim SF 1 patrol; one Blenheim SF 2B patrol; three Blenheims attacked shipping in Argostoli Harbour. One Blenheim attacked shipping in Catania Harbour at dawn, along with one Blenheim of 107 Squadron. 107 Squadron Three Blenheims despatched to attack Argostoli but leader had engine trouble; formation returned to base without attacking. 40 Squadron Thirteen Wellingtons attacked shipping at Patras. 104 Squadron Six Wellingtons attacked shipping at Patras. S/D Flight One Wellington special shipping search.
TA QALI 1910 hrs Air raid alarm: four aircraft – no Hurricanes airborne – gunfire. 2130 hrs Air raid alarms 2130 and 2331 hrs. No fighters airborne. Bombs dropped and Ack Ack barrages.
FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Bomb Disposal UXB Reported 2.
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