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3 October 1941: German Press Calls for Malta to be ‘Reduced by Constant Attacks’

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LUFTWAFFE RECOGNISES MALTA IS A PROBLEM

The German press is now calling for action to be taken against Malta in response to the Island’s role in attacks on Axis convoys, according to international media today. Under a picture of Grand Harbour, one caption reads: “The British stronghold in the Mediterranean has stood hundreds of enemy air attacks.  A German newspaper states that Malta can be reduced only by constant attacks.  The Luftwaffe recognises that the Island is a problem.”

Claims also appeared in the international press today from the Italian media that the country’s torpedo carrying aircraft sank five British cruisers during their attack on last week’s ‘Operation Halberd’ convoy. The Italians also claim that four merchant ships were torpedoed, at least three of them sunk.

However, the newspaper counters with a statement from the Admiralty in London that one ship of the convoy was damaged in an air attack and was sunk because it could not be towed. One escorting warship, HMS Nelson, was damaged by a torpedo which caused her to reduce speed; there were no casualties.

Utmost nearly rammed by destroyer

Utmost nearly rammed by a destroyer today

AIR RAIDS DAWN 3 OCTOBER TO DAWN 4 OCTOBER 1941

Weather  Storms.

No air raids.

OPERATIONS REPORTS FRIDAY 3 OCTOBER 1941

ROYAL NAVY  Utmost returned from patrol north of Messina.  Enemy cruisers were sighted, but Utmost was nearly rammed by a destroyer and could not attack.  A 5000 ton merchant vessel was hit off Marittimo. 

AIR HQ  Departures 1 Beaufighter, 2 Wellington. 69 Squadron Maryland patrols east Tunisian coast and three special patrols. 107 Squadron 8 Blenheims attacked Marina di Catanzaro.   Fleet Air Arm 2 Fulmars on offensive patrol over Trapani and Marsala machine-gunned floatplanes and bombed hangars and slipways. At Trapani a JU 87 is attacked and badly damaged.  On the return journey one Fulmar dive-bombed warehouses at Licata.

FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS  Bomb Disposal UXB reported 0; dealt with 2 (50kg)

11th Bn LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS Two Italian mines were found floating near a Battalion defence post; one was destroyed by the Royal Navy.

 

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Posted by on October 3, 2016 in 1941, October 1941

 

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16 September 1941: Malta Swordfish Lost on Clandestine Mission

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Swordfish missing after raid

Swordfish missing after raid

MALTA AIRCRAFT WAS DELIVERING SECRET AGENT

A Malta-based Swordfish aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm is believed to have crashed today while undertaking a secret mission to North Africa. Pilot Lt C B Lamb, with S/Lt J E Robertson took off in the early hours of this morning.  Their passenger is believed to have been a secret agent who they were to land in the Vichy French territory of Tunisia.  A message has been received to indicate that they survived the crash but it is believed they are currently being held for interrogation.

Lt Lamb previously served as a Swordfish pilot aboard HMS Illustrious. He was among the first wave of aircraft when the successful attack was launched on the Italian fleet at Taranto in November 1940.

MALTA AIRMEN RECEIVE POSTHUMOUS MEDALS

Posthumous military awards were announced today for two Malta airmen who were killed as a result of their aircraft crashing on return from a mission over Sicily on 10 August.

London Gazette, 16 September 1941: The King has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty displayed in flying operations against the enemy:

Distinguished Flying Medal: Sergeant Campbell Clark, 69 Squadron (deceased), Sergeant Richard Saxby Mutimer, 69 Squadron (deceased)

Sergeants Clark and Mutimer have displayed a high standard of ability throughout the 40 operational missions in which they have participated as wireless operator-air gunner and air observer respectively. Sergeant Clark showed great keenness to engage the enemy, using his guns with damaging effect, while Sergeant Mutimer always willingly co-operated with his pilot when the opportunity for offensive action occurred. They have damaged or destroyed three Italian flying boats and, in one machine gun attack on an enemy aerodrome, destroyed one enemy aircraft and damaged several.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 16 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 17 SEPTEMBER 1941

Weather  Cool and overcast.

No air raids.

Military casualties  Aircraftsman James Bond, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

OPERATIONS REPORTS TUESDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 1941

ROYAL NAVY  Ursula, Unbeaten, Upholder and Upright proceeded for interception of a fast convoy to east of Tripoli. Triumph sailed for special service and patrol in the Adriatic.

AIR HQ  Arrivals 1 Sunderland. 38 Squadron 7 Wellingtons attacked Tripoli. 69 Squadron Photoreconnaissance Crotone, Augusta, Catania and Syracuse. 830 Squadron Fleet Air Arm 7 Swordfish laid 6 mines in the entrance to Tripoli harbour.

2nd Bn DEVONSHIRE REGIMENT  Main body of the Battalion moved to Gozo for a month’s training and left a small rear party in Malta. Battalion headquarters in the Citadel, Rabat; A Company at Xewkija, B Company at Nadur, C Company at Gharb, D Company at Rabat, E Company at Xghajra.

FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS  Bomb Disposal UXB reported 0; dealt with 2 (2kg incendiary)

1st Bn HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT  D Company and B Company take over Hal Far from 2nd Bn Devonshire Regt.

8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT  Battalion left Gozo and returned to Malta aboard Royal Lady. A and E Companies went to Ta Qali with two mortar detachments and one section of carriers.  Bn HQ Signals and Carriers at Ta Saliba, 2 Platoon valley posts, C Coy St Paul’s Bay, B Coy Victoria Lines, D Coy Strickland House, HQ Coy less detached details Ghain Tuffieha Camp. 

 

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Posted by on September 16, 2016 in 1941, September 1941

 

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13 September 1941: 45 New Hurricanes for Malta

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HMS Furious

HMS Furious

OPERATION STATUS PHASE II A SUCCESS

45 Hurricanes flew in to Malta today, the second reinforcement of fighters to arrive on the Island in a week. Their arrival completes Operation Status which was intended to deliver some 60 Hurricanes in total.  However, the first phase last Tuesday was only partially completed, when guide Blenheims did not arrive to escort fighters from their aircraft carrier to the Island.

Ark Royal returned to Gibraltar on Wednesday and, following a rapid turn-round, embarked with 26 Hurricanes. A second carrier Furious departed with a separate protective force carrying another 20.  They were due to rendezvous yesterday for the Hurricanes to fly off to Malta but the event had to be postponed. 

Early this morning seven Blenheims from Malta reached the rearranged rendezvous ready to guide the Hurricanes to their destination. All but one of the 46 fighters took off successfully and completed a safe transit to the Island.  The remaining Hurricane crashed on take-off.

NIGHT CURFEW FOR TROOPS

New curfew regulations have been introduced for 1st Bn Cheshire Regiment.  From today no serviceman may be away from his billet after 1930 hours except those on 24 hours or 3 days’ leave.  In addition, only 25 per cent of men may be away on leave at one time.  The regulations are designed to ensure that posts can be quickly manned against surprise attack.

However, the Battalion commanders recognise that the new requirement to stay in at night make it imperative that the men have more NAAFI accommodation and a recreation room. The Battalion is trying to find a suitable place for an HQ Officers Mess so that the present Mess may be given over to the men.

SHORTAGE OF OFFICERS IN MALTA

From: Governor & C in C Malta                         To: War Office

We are still short of the following infantry officers in Malta: 4th Bn The Buffs 4, Kings Own Malta Regiment 5, Devonshire 9, 1st Bn Cheshire Regt 4, 1st Bn Hampshire Regt 8, 1st Bn Dorset Regt 7, 2nd Bn Royal West Kent Regt 7, 8th Bn Manchester Regt 4, 2nd Bn Royal Irish Fusiliers 8: total 56.  The Middle East reports that officer material is drying up.  A small class of NCOs sent to their officer training unit will not be ready until next year.  I request the early despatch of as many as possible to meet the deficiency.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 13 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 14 SEPTEMBER 1941

Weather  Fine and warm.

1117-1130 hrs Air raid alert for three enemy aircraft approaching the Island. Ten Hurricanes 249 Squadron and nine 195 Squadron are scrambled.  The raiders turn away before reaching Malta and there are no interceptions.

OPERATIONS REPORTS SATURDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 1941

AIR HQ Arrivals 1 Sunderland. Departures 1 Sunderland, 1 Wellington. 38 Squadron 7 Wellingtons attacked Tripoli Harbour. 69 Squadron 1 Blenheim special patrol; photo-reconnaissance east Sicilian coast. 105 Squadron 3 Blenheims searched for missing Blenheim crews.  3 Blenheims search and sweep for shipping, central Ionian Sea. Fleet Air Arm One Fulmar offensive patrol over Gerbini and Catania dropped high explosive bombs south east of Gerbini and incendiaries near Moto.

TA QALI  8 officers and 6 sergeant pilots arrived by Hurricane from HMS Ark Royal. 6 officers and 5 sergeant pilots arrived by Hurricane from HMS Furious.  8 officers and 7 sergeant pilots left by air for the Middle East. 

 

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Posted by on September 13, 2016 in 1941, September 1941

 

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8 August 1941: Two Fulmar Fighters Giving Malta Raid-Free Nights

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Fairey Fulmars

Fairey Fulmars

TWO MALTA FULMARS KEEP SICILIAN AIR FORCES AT BAY

Nightly offensive patrols by Fairey Fulmar fighters over Sicilian air bases have significantly reduced the rate of air raids on Malta, according to a Senior Air Intelligence Officer. Only two Fulmars at a time – and sometimes just one – with their nightly patrols over Sicily and short, sharp bomb attacks on airfields are managing to disrupt the Regia Aeronautica air campaign. 

“It may not be realised by all what valuable work is being done nightly by Fulmar aircraft operating from Malta. Besides the damage they are inflicting on the enemy by small bombs and machine-guns, not to mention an occasional aircraft shot down while taking off to raid Malta, it must also be realised that while the Fulmar is on its patrol over Sicily, sometimes for long periods during the night, it is causing considerable alarm among the Sicilians and creating amazing confusion among the staff attempting to organise their raids on Malta. 

Often [as a result of the Fulmar attacks, enemy] raiders are forced to land at another aerodrome. Often raiders cannot take off at all (and a change of programme does not suit the Italians).  The anti-aircraft gunner must so frequently fire at their own aircraft returning that the Fulmer does not get his fair share of Ack Ack.  While the Fulmar is over Sicily, most of the Island is kept in a state of air alarm.

The above are just a few points which speak for themselves to show the alarm and despondency caused by our Fulmar crews who carry out keenly a sometimes dull and tiring job of work.

H M W Thomas-Ferrand, Squadron Leader, Senior Air Intelligence Officer

JUNIOR OFFICERS’ REST HOUSE – FROM 3 KOMR

An Army Officers’ Rest House is being opened at the Officers’ Mess, Tigne, and is for the use of officers of the rank of Captain and under only. The inclusive daily charge for accommodation and meals (less tea) will be 7/6d per day.  Amenities available free will be billiards, tennis, squash and sea bathing (within two minutes).  Lady visitors are allowed to meals and to use the amenities.  The date of opening will be announced in due course.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 8 AUGUST TO DAWN 9 AUGUST 1941

Weather  Squally.

0856-0920 hrs  Air raid alert for three JU 87 Stuka dive-bombers which approach from the north and cross the coast over Grand Harbour before receding over Delimara without dropping any bombs. Hurricanes are scrambled; no engagement.  Hurricanes of 185 Squadron are scrambled but raiders remain at 29000 feet and Hurricanes do not intercept.  F/O Oliver bales out when his engine fails out at sea.  He is rescued by a Float Swordfish.

1229-1241 hrs  Air raid alert for three JU 87 Stuka dive-bombers which approach the Island from the north at 26000 feet, turn west over Gozo and change course on two more occasions before eventually crossing the Island from Ghain Tuffieha to St Paul’s Bay without dropping any bombs. Hurricanes of 185 Squadron are scrambled but altitude of raiders prevents engagement.

OPERATIONS REPORTS FRIDAY 8 AUGUST 1941

ROYAL NAVY  HM Submarine Thunderbolt arrived with aviation spirits for Malta.

AIR HQ  Arrivals 1 Sunderland, 3 Blenheim. Departures 2 Beaufort, 3 Blenheim, 1 Sunderland. 69 Squadron Strike force patrols of Tunisian coast and western Ionian Sea.  Reconnaissance of Tripoli and Misurata.  Photoreconnaissance Catania port and aerodrome, Augusta and Syracuse. 38 Squadron 7 Wellingtons sent to attack Tripoli.  A total of 16000lbs of high explosive bombs, 1500 lbs of anti-personnel bombs and 5280lbs of incendiaries were dropped on target from a height of 7000 feet, between 0155 and 0317 hrs, causing large fires and explosions. 105 Squadron 5 Blenheims sent to attack ships in Catania harbour causing underwater explosions near ships and the quay.  830 Squadron Fleet Air Arm  Fulmar patrolled Gerbini and Catania area, dropped bombs on Gerbini aerodrome starting fires.  It is believed that his Fulmar gave Malta a raidless night. 

HAL FAR  One Fulmar patrol over Catania and Gerbini, gunning five bombers and dropping one flash bomb. In a second Fulmar patrol in the afternoon three bombs are dropped on Gerbini starting two fires.  The Fulmar flies on to Comiso and drops three bombs on the aerodrome; results not observed.

1st Bn CHESHIRE REGIMENT  260 men working throught the night on unloading of convoy ships.

1st Bn HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT  Battalion in Gozo.

2nd Bn ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT  Battalion providing working parties day and night for unloading of convoy ships.

 

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11 November 1940: Malta Reconnaissance Aids Successful Attack on Taranto

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‘OPERATION JUDGMENT’ A SUCCESS

Taranto Harbour after the attack

Taranto Harbour after the attack (1)

Reconnaissance from Malta has played a key role in a long-awaited major offensive on the Italian port of Taranto. Aircraft of 431 Flight have been monitoring enemy shipping movements in the Mediterranean for several weeks, looking for convoys supplying the Axis armies in North Africa which could be targeted for attack.  Photographs in the past few days showed five battleships, fourteen cruisers and twenty-seven destroyers lying at anchor in the port of Taranto.  

Royal Navy Commander in Chief Mediterranean Admiral Cunningham decided that the time was right for an attack under ‘Operation Judgment’ which had been originally planned for last month. Ships involved in recent convoy manoeuvres through the Mediterranean were given orders to head for Taranto.  The frequency of such Allied shipping movements in recent days helped to disguise from the Italians the fact that a major attack was developing.

Earlier today Pilot Officer A Warburton took off for a final reconnaissance of Taranto prior to the attack. He circled the harbour several times but then his cameras failed.  He dived down, making a tour of the moored Italian fleet low enough for his observer to identify the ships by name, before returning to Malta.  A further reconnaissance of the area was made by a Sunderland flying boat after dark and the operation was confirmed.

The reconnaissance images and information were rushed to the aircraft carrier Illustrious, which was to lead the attack.  The remaining task force included heavy cruisers HMS Berwick and York, light cruisers HMS Gloucester and Glasgow, and destroyers HMS Hyperion, Ilex, Hasty and Havelock.

 Shortly before 9pm, the first wave of twelve Swordfish took off from the aircraft carrier: six carried torpedoes, and six were loaded with 250lb bombs; two carried flares.  A second wave followed an hour later.  Despite heavy anti-aircraft fire the attack was pressed home.  Italian battleships Cavour, Littorio and Duilio were successfully torpedoed and put out of action, a heavy cruiser and a destroyer were damaged and an aircraft hangar set on fire.

By 3am all the Swordfish had returned to Illustrious, except two.  Pilot Lieutenant Bayley, Fleet Air Arm, was in the second wave of attackers when he came under fire.  His aircraft crashed near the cruiser Gorizia; his body was found the next day, but that of his Observer Lieutenant Slaughter was never recovered.  The two crew members of the second Swordfish are believed to have been taken prisoner.

Sir Andrew Cunningham

Sir Andrew Cunningham

While the attack on Taranto was proceeding, another force was attacking an Italian convoy in the Mediterranean. At just past midnight, cruisers HMS Ajax, Orion and HMAS Sydney, and two destroyers, HMS Nubian and Mohawk, engaged and damaged four Italian merchant ships and a torpedo boat; their accompanying cruiser fled the scene.

Early reports suggest that the Italian fleet has lost half of its capital ships in a single night, altering the balance of naval power in the Mediterranean. Reviewing the operation, Admiral Cunningham said:

“Taranto, and the night of November 11–12, 1940, should be remembered for ever as having shown once and for all that in the Fleet Air Arm the Navy has its most devastating weapon.”

AIR RAIDS DAWN 11 NOVEMBER TO DAWN 12 NOVEMBER 1940

Weather  Warm; clear and fine.

0808-0835 hrs  Air raid alert; raid does not materialise.

OPERATIONS REPORTS MONDAY 11 NOVEMBER 1940

KALAFRANA  Sunderland on special moonlight patrol for naval co-operation in Taranto area.

4th Bn THE BUFFS (ROYAL EAST KENT REGIMENT)  Day spent organising the camp. Battalion medical examinations.

FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS The following reported for duty: Major H D Tanner, Captain W Arthur posted to CRE (S); Captain S Oliver posted to CRE(N), 2/Lt G H Lee posted to 24 Fortress Company, RE, 2/Lt E E Talbot posted to HQ Fortress Royal Engineers for duty as Bomb Disposal Officer.

ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS  Unloading of ammunition from convoy begun. Contact anti-tank mines received in Malta for the first time. Bomb Disposal UXB 250lb bomb in reservoir Luqa. 

(1)  www.fleetairarmarchive.net

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19 October 1940: Malta Troops Need News of Relatives

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LACK OF MAIL DAMAGING TROOP MORALE

The continuing lack of a regular mail service to Malta is becoming a serious threat to the morale of troops in Malta. The latest delivery of mail arrived after a delay of three months. British newspapers are also carried by the mail delivery service and are therefore failing to reach the Island before they are obsolete.  

Dunkirk evacuation: Malta servicemen await news of relatives

Dunkirk evacuation: Malta servicemen await news of relatives

The Governor and C in C has reported receiving an increasing volume of enquiries from troops stationed in Malta regarding their serving relatives, particularly those who are served the late British Expeditionary Force following the evacuation of Dunkirk, but also those in Middle East units. However, the sheer number of information requests makes it impossible to deal with each one by telegram.

Today Lt Gen Dobbie has written to the War Office asking for all service casualty lists to date to be cabled to Malta immediately, and from now on every list to be sent by telegram as soon as published.

According to Rev Reginald Nicholls, Chancellor of St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Valletta: “The dates of posting ranged from June 8th to the last days of August! The second batch also took about three days to sort; and the dates were also June, July and August. All higgledy-piggledy. But it was news even if three months – nay – four months adrift. There were a few copies of the Times for the last days of May and a few issued early in June. In that of June 8th, (received on 2nd October) we discovered that our son Anthony had been Mentioned in Despatches. This is a great joy to us.” (1)

NO INTELLIGENCE CORPS FOR MALTA

The War Office informed the Governor and C in C by telegram today that the formation of an Intelligence Corps Section in Malta “is not considered necessary”.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 19 OCTOBER TO DAWN 20 OCTOBER 1940

Weather  Fine; cloudy at times.

No air raids.

OPERATIONS REPORTS SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER 1940

AIR HQ  Blenheim attached 431 Flight and Swordfish Fleet Air Arm patrolled Ionian Sea; nil reports.

KALAFRANA  Plan to reconnoitre Ionian Sea for enemy surface craft. Easterly sector not patrolled as Sunderland unable to take off due to heavy swell.

2nd Bn KINGS OWN MALTA REGIMENT 19 recruits posted from depot.

(1) Extract from diary of Reverend Reginald M. Nicholls, Chancellor of St.Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Valletta. Courtesy of website: Malta Family History

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13 August 1940: Malta Government to Control All Imports

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KEEPING MALTA SUPPLIED UNDER SIEGE

Malta’s Governor and C in C, Lt Gen Dobbie, has today put forward proposals for keeping the Island supplied while the fortress is under siege. In a message to HM Government in London, he made it clear that co-ordination is now essential, saying: If the ability of this fortress to resist attack is not uniformly strong, weakness at one point will affect the whole. It is thus of paramount importance that all reserves should be maintained at a uniform standard, eg advantage of the presence of stocks of ammunition and military stores for a specific period would be greatly diminished if reserves of essential foods and materials for the local population are not maintained for a similar period.

Wembley Store (2)

Wembley Store (2)

The supply of Malta now relies entirely on convoys from the Eastern Mediterranean but, with the dangers they face, supply runs must be kept to a minimum. As a result, shipping space must be used to the best advantage, so that only essential supplies are brought to the Island at the right time and the in right quantities. In addition, the Island needs to hold a reserve sufficient for at least six months, with an extra two months in hand, in order to sustain the Island in the event of the loss of a convoy. These time frames are supported by Vice Admiral Malta and the C in C Mediterranean.

To achieve effective supply runs, Lt Gen Dobbie proposes to co-ordinate all requirements for the Island, including those of the Services, of the Government and the civil population. The Government will assume responsibility for importation of all foodstuffs and other materials which are essential to the life of the community, so that the correct quantities are ordered and arrive when they are needed. Local importers – whose supply chains have been disrupted since the siege began – will be formed into pools, allowed to purchase supplies and to apply a small profit in selling to retailers.

The Governor stressed that stores for the civilian population and for the Armed Services must have equal priority. He therefore proposes that Government requirements for items such as building materials, coal, wheat and refrigerated substances be co-ordinated with the needs of the Services to ensure availability and to avoid wasting capacity on convoys. Though essential items will take precedence, the Governor also recognised that some space must be allocated for such items as books and toiletries which are deemed necessary to preserve morale on the Island.

Subject to the agreement of HM Government, Lt Gen Dobbie will telegraph an itemised list of the supplies needed immediately to bring Malta’s stocks up to a level sufficient for eight months, assuming that the next convoy will take two months to reach the Island. He then proposes a rolling programme of supply convoys to keep the level of stocks at the required minimum.

CREATURE COMFORTS FOR TROOPS

In a separate development today, the Welfare Branch of the War Office in London cabled the General Officer Commanding, Malta asking for a list of items needed to support the welfare of troops on the Island, including sports gear, games, wireless, books, woollen comforts and cigarettes.

ITALIAN STREET NAMES CHANGED TO ENGLISH

All Italian street names in Valletta, Cospicua, Senglea and Vittoriosa have now been translated or replaced with English names. (1)

SWORDFISH PILOTS MISSING IN ACTION

Three Swordfish destroyed: crews missing

Three Swordfish destroyed: crew missing

Two Swordfish aircraft were reported missing and a third crashed ditched in the sea off Malta tonight after a bombing raid on Sicily. The aircraft were with six others sent from Malta on a mission to attack shipping in Augusta. They faced intense fire from coastal batteries. Two of the Swordfish were shot down; Acting S/Lt D Edmondson and his Telegraphist/Air Gunner are believed killed. It is believed the crew of a second aircraft were picked up by the Italian Navy. Lt A F Hall’s Swordfish was also hit by Ack Ack fire but managed to reach a point four miles off the coast of Malta, near Ta Silch, before ditching in the sea. The crew survived and were rescued from their dinghy.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 13 AUGUST TO DAWN 14 AUGUST 1940

Weather  Fine and hot.

0857-0937 hrs  Air raid alert for a reported formation of enemy aircraft approaching Grand Harbour. No raiders cross the coast.

Military casualties  Acting S/Lieutenant D S Edmondson, pilot, 830 Squadron.

OPERATIONS REPORTS TUESDAY 13 AUGUST 1940

ROYAL NAVY   2100 hrs Nine Swordfish 830 Squadron Fleet Air Arm took off to carry out low-bombing and torpedo attacks on shipping in Augusta; results doubtful. Despite intense fire from coastal batteries six returned safely; two were reported missing and the crew of one picked up by the Italians. A third crashed four miles from Ta Silch; the crew were saved. PM A floating mine was reported off Torri L’Ahmar.  

AIR HQ  Aircraft casualties 3 Swordfish. 1500 hrs One Hudson reconnaissance of Augusta.

ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS Bomb Disposal UXB  Unexploded incendiary bomb found broken up in the dining room at San Pietru. It had passed through the corrugated iron roof and a table, and stuck in the concrete floor. Pieces were removed.

2nd Bn ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS  CO saw Brigade Commander at HQ to discuss employment of reinforcements.

(1) Malta Diary of a War, Michael Galea, PEG Ltd, 1992

(2) The Wembley Store, Valletta – still open for business

 

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