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11 May 1942: Spitfires Winning in the Air

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TIMES OF MALTA , MONDAY MAY 11 1942

Spitfires RAF 601 Squadron

  • Battle of Malta: Axis heavy losses
  • Spitfires Slaughter Stukas
  • 63 Enemy Aircraft Destroyed or Damaged over Malta Yesterday
  • Brilliant team work of Ack Ack gunners and RAF

The last two days has seen a metamorphosis in the Battle of Malta.  After two days of the fiercest aerial combat that has ever taken place over the Island the Luftwaffe with its Italian lackeys has taken the most formidable beating that has been known since the Battle of Britain two and a half years ago.  Indeed, in proportion to the numbers of aircraft involved, this trouncing is even greater than the Germans suffered at that time.

It has always been known that man for man, and machine for machine, the RAF were infinitely superior to the Hun, and everybody looked forward to the day when he could be met on terms of parity, for they looked upon the outcome as a certainty.  That day has arrived – the RAF even had numerical superiority over its fighter opponents for the first time – and the results have excelled the most optimistic expectations.  Our fighters have formed, with the A.A. Artillery, a team which has dealt out appalling destruction on the enemy…

WE HIT ENEMY VERY HARD SAYS LORD GORT’S FIRST REPORT

From:  Governor and C in C Malta To:  C in C Middle East Rpt The War Office  11/5/42

…Own troops combined effort made this week end to gain local air superiority.  Reinforcement fifty seven Spitfires arrived 9/5 also some Hurricanes.  Ack Ack ammunition expenditure restriction temporarily lifted.

Besides new building parties 1500 men earlier in week, parties total 700 men, 90 vehicles provided for assistance to RAF aerodromes for refuelling, ammunition belt loading, crater filling, motor transport driving etc from 9/5 in special effort to enable RAF to keep aerodromes serviceable and prepare fighters quickly.

Preliminary reports: 10/5 show very heavy loss inflicted on enemy and ninety per cent our fighters still serviceable.  Preliminary figures [enemy aircraft] 22 destroyed, 19 probable, 20 damaged.  Army Bomb Disposal Section disposed of 102 unexploded bombs totalling 21 tons.  Cut in troops rations accepted cheerfully.

Damage military installations:  Three Heavy Ack Ack gun positions attacked; some casualties, one gun destroyed.  Further damage billets, stores.  Pay office damage forced move fourth time.  Further damage ordnance depots.

Other effects:  Civil situation considerably eased by respite.  Civil morale still good.

Army casualties: 16 Other Ranks killed; 24 Other Ranks wounded.

Conclusion:  Enemy now moving proportion of air force away from Sicily with consequent lessening of attack.  Reinforcement Spitfires is enabling us hit enemy very hard which may deter from further efforts.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 11 MAY TO DAWN 12 MAY 1942

Weather  Strong south easterly wind; warm – no cloud.  In the afternoon a thunderstorm blows up and there is 90% cloud at 10,000 feet for the last scrambles.

0605 hrs  ME 109s patrol and a JU 88 carries out reconnaissance.

0655-0805 hrs  Four Spitfires 249 Squadron are airborne from Ta Qali on patrol  They chase the reconnaissance flight back towards Sicily and run into Macchi fighters.  P/O Plagis engages one, which takes evasive action, stalls and dives into the sea.

0725 hrs  Two alerts sounded for patrolling ME 109s and a recce by JU 88.

0733-0830 hrs  Three Spitfires 126 Squadron are scrambled from Luqa to intercept the enemy aircraft.  One ME 109 is attacked: no claim.

1020 hrs  Eight Spitfires 249 Squadron and six Spitfires 603 Squadron from Ta Qali are scrambled to intercept an incoming plot of 30 enemy aircraft including three JU 88s plus ME 109 fighters.  F/Sgt Williams damages one JU 88; Sgt Brennan destroys one ME 109 and damages another.  P/O Nash destroys one ME 109; P/O MacLean damages one ME 109.

1032 hrs  Nine Spitfires 126 and 601 Squadrons are scrambled from Luqa to intercept enemy aircraft.  One ME 109 is probably destroyed; one damaged.

1057-1110 hrs  Only one JU 88 crosses the coast and makes a dive-bombing attack on Hal Far aerodrome dropping nine bombs on the runways.  The aerodrome is unserviceable for one hour.

1146 hrs  Raiders passed.

1215 hrs  Nine ME 109 fighters carry out a patrol 30 miles east of the Island.

1424 hrs  Two ME 109s carry out a patrol to the south east of the Island.

1635 hrs  One enemy aircraft approaches to within 15 miles of the Island and then turns back.

1720 hrs  Seven Spitfires 603 Squadron are scrambled from Ta Qali to intercept an incoming formation of enemy aircraft including three JU 88s and 20 fighters; one Spitfire returns early.  Three Spitfires destroy ME 109s.  F/Lt Douglas and P/O Barnfather collide over Ta Qali: both bale out successfully. One enemy aircraft makes a direct attack on Salina gun position.

1725 hrs  Seven Spitfires 601 Squadron are scrambled from Luqa.  Claims: one ME 109 probably destroyed.

1739 hrs  Seven Spitfires 185 Squadron are scrambled from Hal Far.  P.O McKay damages one ME 109 and P/O Wigley damages one JU 88.  The Spitfires land at 1830 hours without damage.

1745 hrs  Three JU 88s with fighter escort make a medium level attack on Luqa aerodrome, damaging one Spitfire.  One BR20 and two JU 88s drop eight high explosive bombs and a number of anti-personnel bombs on Ta Qali, causing craters on the aerodrome, damaging two Spitfires and injuring one airman and one soldier.

1805 hrs  Four ME 109s dive bomb Hal Far, dropping bombs at the side of the runway and in the dispersal area.  Two Hurricanes are damaged.

1840-1919 hrs   A German Dornier Do 24 flying boat carries out a search for survivors to the north of the Island, escorted by numerous ME 109s.

Night  No alerts or raids.

Military casualties  Able Seaman Trevor Davies; Ordinary Signalman Eric Dillon; Able Seaman John Freeman; Stoker Petty Officer Francesco Grech; Ordinary Signalman Norman Harris; Petty Officer Alan Kendall; Stoker Petty Officer John Knee; Ordinary Signalman John McClure; Able Seaman Cyril Newman; Boatswain Cedric Radcliffe: all C308.

Civilian casualties  Nil

OPERATIONS REPORTS MONDAY 11 MAY 1942

ROYAL NAVY  All sweepers returned to harbour at 0230, except C308. She struck a mine at about 0300 and sank. Seven survivors were picked up by the boom patrol picket boat. The Commanding Officer and eight of the crew were lost. Tug St Angelo detonated six mines.  The Vice Admiral, Malta pointed out that 12 mines had been cut and two had sunk ships in the last few days in the North East approach channel to the Grand Harbour. It was essential that at least two fleet minesweepers should accompany the next convoy and sweep it in.

AIR HQ  Arrivals  Two Lodestars from Gambut; two Albacores from 235 Wing.  Departures  One Wellington to 108 MU; one Hudson to Gibraltar.  Aircraft casualties  Two Spitfires collide: pilots injured.

4th BN THE BUFFS (ROYAL EAST KENT) REGIMENT  Party of one Officer and 20 Other Ranks for filling ammunition belts for aircraft at Ta Qali aerodrome.

1st BN THE CHESHIRE REGIMENT 0500-1000 hrs  Working parties four Officers and 100 Other Ranks standing by at the Addolorata Cemetery for crater filling.

1ST BN THE DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY  Working parties on Luqa aerodrome continue.

FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Bomb Disposal UXB  Dealt with 6 (2 x 250kg, 4 x 50kg).

1ST BN THE HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT  17 trucks, 17 Officers and 324 Other Ranks building pens and filling craters on Hal Far aerodrome.

11TH BN THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS  1430 hrs  Luqa working parties continued – so far inactive due to inability of Luftwaffe to bomb aerodromes.

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7 April 1942: Worst Raid of War Destroys Heart of Valletta

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2000th alert today – 17 raid alerts in 24 hours – 273 bombers attack

HEAVIEST BOMBING YET TARGETS CIVILIANS

Stunned at destruction of Royal Opera House (NWMA Malta)

“Valletta is a stricken city…all the beautiful old palaces are bombed, all the churches have been ruined, blitzed…hundreds of houses are no more…nearly all shops destroyed…the streets are impassable, stones dust everywhere…stones are piled high in the streets, often twenty feet high” (1)

Today Malta experienced the heaviest attack ever yet made from the air – and it was directed at the civilian population.  The 280 tons of high explosives dropped on the tiny peninsula of Valletta this afternoon were not stray bombs intended for Grand Harbour.

Luftwaffe operations reports reveal a deliberate intention to bomb Valletta itself, with targets including the Governor’s Palace and several residential quarters in the City.  The enemy employed heavy high explosives for maximum destruction: Berlin radio claimed that many one-ton bombs were used in the raid.

Disregarding the danger to civilians, the bombing was an apparent attempt to destroy the heart of Malta’s government.  The Governor and Commander in Chief has now decided to evacuate the administration inland.

Auberge de France in ruins (NWMA Malta)

Many of the Valletta’s ancient palaces have been badly hit: the Auberge de France is in ruins, the Governor’s Palace and the Market severely damaged.  The Auberge d’Aragon and the Auberge d’Italie received direct hits.  The King George V Hospital in Floriana is destroyed.

It is estimated that 70 per cent of buildings in Valletta and Floriana have now been destroyed or damaged. 

AIR RAIDS DAWN 7 APRIL TO DAWN 8 APRIL 1942

Weather  Wind south-westerly; no cloud.

0905-1039 hrs  A large formation of 85 JU 87 Stukas and JU 88s approaches the Island and attacks in eight waves.  The main targets are Luqa, Hal Far and Ta Qali aerodromes, and Grand Harbour, which is attacked from a different direction each time.  Bombs also land on Cospicua, Marsa, Hamrun, Gzira, Msida, Tal Qroqq and St Julians.  19 JU 87 Stukas attack Kalafrana.  Marsa and Nicola gun positions are both attacked.  Two JU 88 and one ME 109 are destroyed by Ack Ack; others are damaged.

0930 hrs  Eight JU 88s drop ten bombs (including one delayed-action) on Ta Qali.  Three soldiers are slightly injured.

0935-1000 hrs  Numerous JU 87s and JU 88s are engaged by guns of 225 Light Ack Ack Battery (LAA) : no claims.

0945 hrs  A bomb on Store Wharf near Sheer Bastion causes a large crater and the final collapse of CDs Offices.  Boom Defence yard, Marsa, is badly damaged, as is equipment round the Dockyard.  The roof of billets in 98 & 99 Cospicua Road collapses, damaging the Bren stores of E Company 3rd Bn Kings Own Malta Regiment.

1000 hrs  Bombs are dropped in the Ta Klantun area.

1005 hrs  L/Cpl C Worn, manning the Battalion HQ forward Ack Ack position of 2nd Bn Devonshire Regt, fires at an attacking JU 88.  The aircraft’s rear gunner fires back, wounding L/Cpl Worn in his right shoulder.  He is sent to hospital.

1406 hrs  12 JU 88s drop bombs on Luqa aerodrome, destroying the armoury, main stores and ration stores, the NAAFI and the Airmen’s Mess.  Offices and Sick Quarters are damaged; one block containing important equipment and two ablutions buildings are demolished and three others are uninhabitable.   One Beaufort and one Hurricane are slightly damaged.

1415 hrs  Four ME 109s drop bombs on the Ta Liebru area.

1427 hrs  One JU 88 and two ME 109s diving from 5000 to 500 feet are engaged by guns of 225 Light Ack Ack Battery (LAA): no claims.

1450-1515 hrs  Two ME 109s machine-gun the Safi strip from the south west.  225 LAA engage the aircraft: no claims.  ME 109s carry out machine-gun attacks on the Hal Far working party.  Ack Ack light machine-guns of 11th Bn Lancashire Regt engage and damage at least two JU 88s.

St Johns St, Valletta (NWMA Malta)

1749 hrs  156 JU 88s and Stukas attack Valletta, dropping hundreds of high explosive bombs and demolishing the Market, the Castille, Royal Opera House, the Lyceum and many other buildings.  Several buildings in Old Baker Street, St John’s Street and South Street are destroyed.

Floriana is also badly hit.  Part of the Old Railway Tunnel under Floriana collapses, trapping and badly injuring people under the debris.  Houses at the corner of Capuchins St and Granaries Square are demolished.  Houses in Britannia Square and Lion Street are demolished and the Protection Office at Floriana School receives a direct hit.  Bombs explode on the Floriana Parade Ground and the Royal Engineers Married Quarters at Msida Bastion.

1815-1830 hrs  Numerous JU 87s and JU 88s are engaged by guns of 225 LAA; several hits claimed.

2045 hrs  One JU 88 is shot down by a Beaufighter night fighter and crashes on Safi strip: all the crew are killed.

2210 hrs  3rd Bn Kings Own Malta Regt ordered to stand to: E boats are reported in the vicinity.

Night  Continuous raids: Heavy Ack Ack and night fighters engage.

2230-0052 hrs; 0520-0626 hrs  One Beaufighter is airborne on interception operations: no engagement.

0300 hrs  One defence post of 11th Bn Lancashire Regt receives a direct hit, killing two Other Ranks and injuring seven.

Military casualties  Signalman Cecil Elems, HMS St.Angelo; Frank Overton, Telegraphist, HMS St.Angelo; Signalman John McClure, HM Tug C.308.

Gunner Wilfred Baines, Gunner George Barnes, Gunner John Barratt, Lance Bombardier Eric Broad, Gunner William Bromley, Gunner William Carruthers, Gunner John Hill, Gunner John Simm, Gunner John Vernon, all 190 Battery, 10 Heavy Ack Ack Regiment, Royal Artillery.

Gunner Anthony (Emanuel) Cutajar, Gunner Peter Darmanin, Gunner Anthony Grech, Lance Bombardier Spiridione Mizzi, Gunner Victor (Carmel) Tabone, Gunner Carmel Tanti, all 11th AA Regiment, Royal Malta Artillery.

Gunner Bertie Allen; Gunner Herbert Fuller, Gunner Richard Thompson, Gunner Harold Meylor (Meyler), all 4th Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery.

Private Joseph Grima, 1st Battalion, King’s Own Malta Regiment; Fusilier Ernest Crosland, 11th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers; Gunner Peter Taylor, 7th HAA Regiment, Royal Artillery;  Sapper William Waller, 16 Fortress Coy, Royal Engineers.

Civilian casualties  Birzebbugia  Manuela Briffa, age 8; Carmela Briffa, age 6; Caterian Briffa, age 4.  Gzira  Joseph Caruana, age 33.  Luqa  Lawrence Cassar, age 19.  Naxxar  Mariano Sammut, age 24.  Valletta  Luigi Cachia Zammit Slythe, age 60; Helen Cachia Zammit Slythe, age 58; Rev Robert Cachia Zammit Slythe, age 55; Rosina Cachia Zammit Slythe, age 50.  Vittoriosa  Giovanna Catania, age 60.  Zabbar  Ludgarda Debonon, age 60.  Gozo  Joseph Buttigieg, age 60.

OPERATIONS REPORTS TUESDAY 7 APRIL 1942

ROYAL NAVY  Further damage was caused in the Dockyard by air raids.  P31 returned from patrol in Upper Tyrrhenian sea.

AIR HQ  Departures  Three Blenheims to 108 MU.

HAL FAR  Night  One Swordfish RNAS despatched on a special search along the Tunisian coast but had to return due to fuel pressure trouble.

LUQA  1542-1902 hrs One Spitfire 69 Squadron photo-reconnaissance Sicilian aerodromes and harbours.  2231-0431 hrs  One Wellington S/D Flight special search Messina-Cape Spartivento.  0040-0235 hrs  One Swordfish NAS special search returned early with fuel pressure trouble.

TA QALI  Many scrambles and many air raids during the day.  Boschetto Gardens are prospected for tented accommodation.  Valuable assistance given by the Durham Light Infantry.

CENTRAL INFANTRY BRIGADE  0930 hrs  Main Brigade HQ office, Officers’ Mess and Clerks’ Office demolished: one minor casualty.

1st BN THE CHESHIRE REGIMENT 0800 hrs  Work on Pampas starts again.  Heavy air raids during the day.  More bombs near HQ Officers’ Mess.  Direct hit on B Company HQ: building completely demolished.  Many other bombs in and around the Dockyard.

2ND BN THE DEVONSHIRE REGIMENT  Bn on Southern Infantry Brigade Exercise No 15.

1st BN THE DORSETSHIRE REGIMENT  Pte Pearce injured by a bomb at Corrodino and afterwards died.  2000 hrs  UXB reported at house 513243.  2222 hrs  Orders for one Light Machine Gun to be mounted for Ack Ack at each platoon locality.

1ST BN THE DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY  Four Other Ranks are wounded by enemy action while working on Ta Qali aerodrome.

FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS  Bomb Disposal UXB  Reported 39; dealt with 6 (4 x 250kg; 1 x 500kg; 1 x 1000kg) not including anti-personnel bombs and incendiaries.

1ST BN THE HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT 1700 hrs  B Company relieved by A Company on the Safi strip; B Company moving to Gudja Camp.

8TH BN THE  KINGS OWN ROYAL REGIMENT  Bombs in Bn area, 150 yards west of Tal Providence to Ghar Lapsi.

11TH BN THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS  This unit commences repair of Hal Far aerodrome and construction of aircraft blast pens.  0930 hrs  Intense raid: bombs very near this HQ – minor damage, one casualty.  Direct hit CIB HQ – little damage. 1000 hrs  Fusilier Crosland is killed while firing an Ack Ack light machine gun in a heavy raid at Hal Far.

225TH LIGHT ACK ACK BATTERY, ROYAL ARTILLERY  During the day numerous hits are claimed on enemy aircraft.

8TH BN THE MANCHESTER REGIMENT  Battalion on manoeuvres as per 6 April.

2ND BN THE ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT  Battalion HQ moves to Advanced HQ position; HQ Company to Poor House; A Company to the Race Course.

(1)  Times of Malta, from When Malta Stood Alone, Joseph Micallef, Interprint Malta 1981

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11 May 1942: Spitfires Winning in the Air

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TIMES OF MALTA , MONDAY MAY 11 1942

Spitfires RAF 601 Squadron

  • Battle of Malta: Axis heavy losses
  • Spitfires Slaughter Stukas
  • 63 Enemy Aircraft Destroyed or Damaged over Malta Yesterday
  • Brilliant team work of Ack Ack gunners and RAF

The last two days has seen a metamorphosis in the Battle of Malta.  After two days of the fiercest aerial combat that has ever taken place over the Island the Luftwaffe with its Italian lackeys has taken the most formidable beating that has been known since the Battle of Britain two and a half years ago.  Indeed, in proportion to the numbers of aircraft involved, this trouncing is even greater than the Germans suffered at that time.

It has always been known that man for man, and machine for machine, the RAF were infinitely superior to the Hun, and everybody looked forward to the day when he could be met on terms of parity, for they looked upon the outcome as a certainty.  That day has arrived – the RAF even had numerical superiority over its fighter opponents for the first time – and the results have excelled the most optimistic expectations.  Our fighters have formed, with the A.A. Artillery, a team which has dealt out appalling destruction on the enemy…

WE HIT ENEMY VERY HARD SAYS LORD GORT’S FIRST REPORT

From:  Governor and C in C Malta To:  C in C Middle East Rpt The War Office  11/5/42

…Own troops combined effort made this week end to gain local air superiority.  Reinforcement fifty seven Spitfires arrived 9/5 also some Hurricanes.  Ack Ack ammunition expenditure restriction temporarily lifted.

Besides new building parties 1500 men earlier in week, parties total 700 men, 90 vehicles provided for assistance to RAF aerodromes for refuelling, ammunition belt loading, crater filling, motor transport driving etc from 9/5 in special effort to enable RAF to keep aerodromes serviceable and prepare fighters quickly.

Preliminary reports: 10/5 show very heavy loss inflicted on enemy and ninety per cent our fighters still serviceable.  Preliminary figures [enemy aircraft] 22 destroyed, 19 probable, 20 damaged.  Army Bomb Disposal Section disposed of 102 unexploded bombs totalling 21 tons.  Cut in troops rations accepted cheerfully.

Damage military installations:  Three Heavy Ack Ack gun positions attacked; some casualties, one gun destroyed.  Further damage billets, stores.  Pay office damage forced move fourth time.  Further damage ordnance depots.

Other effects:  Civil situation considerably eased by respite.  Civil morale still good.

Army casualties: 16 Other Ranks killed; 24 Other Ranks wounded.

Conclusion:  Enemy now moving proportion of air force away from Sicily with consequent lessening of attack.  Reinforcement Spitfires is enabling us hit enemy very hard which may deter from further efforts.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 11 MAY TO DAWN 12 MAY 1942

Weather  Strong south easterly wind; warm – no cloud.  In the afternoon a thunderstorm blows up and there is 90% cloud at 10,000 feet for the last scrambles.

0605 hrs  ME 109s patrol and a JU 88 carries out reconnaissance.

0655-0805 hrs  Four Spitfires 249 Squadron are airborne from Ta Qali on patrol  They chase the reconnaissance flight back towards Sicily and run into Macchi fighters.  P/O Plagis engages one, which takes evasive action, stalls and dives into the sea.

0725 hrs  Two alerts sounded for patrolling ME 109s and a recce by JU 88.

0733-0830 hrs  Three Spitfires 126 Squadron are scrambled from Luqa to intercept the enemy aircraft.  One ME 109 is attacked: no claim.

1020 hrs  Eight Spitfires 249 Squadron and six Spitfires 603 Squadron from Ta Qali are scrambled to intercept an incoming plot of 30 enemy aircraft including three JU 88s plus ME 109 fighters.  F/Sgt Williams damages one JU 88; Sgt Brennan destroys one ME 109 and damages another.  P/O Nash destroys one ME 109; P/O MacLean damages one ME 109.

1032 hrs  Nine Spitfires 126 and 601 Squadrons are scrambled from Luqa to intercept enemy aircraft.  One ME 109 is probably destroyed; one damaged.

1057-1110 hrs  Only one JU 88 crosses the coast and makes a dive-bombing attack on Hal Far aerodrome dropping nine bombs on the runways.  The aerodrome is unserviceable for one hour.

1146 hrs  Raiders passed.

1215 hrs  Nine ME 109 fighters carry out a patrol 30 miles east of the Island.

1424 hrs  Two ME 109s carry out a patrol to the south east of the Island.

1635 hrs  One enemy aircraft approaches to within 15 miles of the Island and then turns back.

1720 hrs  Seven Spitfires 603 Squadron are scrambled from Ta Qali to intercept an incoming formation of enemy aircraft including three JU 88s and 20 fighters; one Spitfire returns early.  Three Spitfires destroy ME 109s.  F/Lt Douglas and P/O Barnfather collide over Ta Qali: both bale out successfully. One enemy aircraft makes a direct attack on Salina gun position.

1725 hrs  Seven Spitfires 601 Squadron are scrambled from Luqa.  Claims: one ME 109 probably destroyed.

1739 hrs  Seven Spitfires 185 Squadron are scrambled from Hal Far.  P.O McKay damages one ME 109 and P/O Wigley damages one JU 88.  The Spitfires land at 1830 hours without damage.

1745 hrs  Three JU 88s with fighter escort make a medium level attack on Luqa aerodrome, damaging one Spitfire.  One BR20 and two JU 88s drop eight high explosive bombs and a number of anti-personnel bombs on Ta Qali, causing craters on the aerodrome, damaging two Spitfires and injuring one airman and one soldier.

1805 hrs  Four ME 109s dive bomb Hal Far, dropping bombs at the side of the runway and in the dispersal area.  Two Hurricanes are damaged.

1840-1919 hrs   A German Dornier Do 24 flying boat carries out a search for survivors to the north of the Island, escorted by numerous ME 109s.

Night  No alerts or raids.

Military casualties  Able Seaman Trevor Davies; Ordinary Signalman Eric Dillon; Able Seaman John Freeman; Stoker Petty Officer Francesco Grech; Ordinary Signalman Norman Harris; Petty Officer Alan Kendall; Stoker Petty Officer John Knee; Ordinary Signalman John McClure; Able Seaman Cyril Newman; Boatswain Cedric Radcliffe: all C308.

Civilian casualties  Nil

OPERATIONS REPORTS MONDAY 11 MAY 1942

ROYAL NAVY  All sweepers returned to harbour at 0230, except C308. She struck a mine at about 0300 and sank. Seven survivors were picked up by the boom patrol picket boat. The Commanding Officer and eight of the crew were lost. Tug St Angelo detonated six mines.  The Vice Admiral, Malta pointed out that 12 mines had been cut and two had sunk ships in the last few days in the North East approach channel to the Grand Harbour. It was essential that at least two fleet minesweepers should accompany the next convoy and sweep it in.

AIR HQ  Arrivals  Two Lodestars from Gambut; two Albacores from 235 Wing.  Departures  One Wellington to 108 MU; one Hudson to Gibraltar.  Aircraft casualties  Two Spitfires collide: pilots injured.

4th BN THE BUFFS (ROYAL EAST KENT) REGIMENT  Party of one Officer and 20 Other Ranks for filling ammunition belts for aircraft at Ta Qali aerodrome.

1st BN THE CHESHIRE REGIMENT 0500-1000 hrs  Working parties four Officers and 100 Other Ranks standing by at the Addolorata Cemetery for crater filling.

1ST BN THE DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY  Working parties on Luqa aerodrome continue.

FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Bomb Disposal UXB  Dealt with 6 (2 x 250kg, 4 x 50kg).

1ST BN THE HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT  17 trucks, 17 Officers and 324 Other Ranks building pens and filling craters on Hal Far aerodrome.

11TH BN THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS  1430 hrs  Luqa working parties continued – so far inactive due to inability of Luftwaffe to bomb aerodromes.

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