Malta Times 2

OVER 16 Enemy planes Shot Down!
In the past few weeks, our brave RAF pilots have achieved success after
success in facing the fascist aggressors in the air. Over 16 enemy
aircraft have fallen from the skies from the heaviest raids of the war so
far. Although these losses are costly for the enemy, they are easily
replaced and there seems to be no end to the air armada Hitler and
Mussolini are prepared to throw at our little island. Having said that
though, Luftwaffe planes have not been seen for some days now, with
rumours suggesting they have been sent to the Russian front to counter
increased Soviet activity.
Our successes have come at a cost, with several RAF pilots killed, and
many more planes damaged and destroyed. Once again we are looking to
the sea for replenishment of stores, aircraft and manpower. The next
convoy through will have to battle against the odds for much of the
way. Amongst the reinforcement aircraft are cannon armed Hurricanes,
something that our dwindling band of pilots will be looking forward to
flying, packing more than adequate punch to knock down the Macchi s and
Italian bombers!

Reconnaissance Raid Defeated!

In the early morning haze, 6 weary Hurricanes scrambled to gain height
and intercept an incoming Savoia Reconnaissance plane presumably after
pictures of the harbour. Against a heavy fighter escort, our planes
battled, with onlookers near the docks and Fort St. Elmo watching the
spectacle grow closer and closer to our shores. One Macchi was seen to
disintegrate after a close burst of cannon from one of the newly arrived
aircraft, the pilot’s body being recovered by the ASR launch shortly
after lunch. Despite being swarmed by the smaller and more nimble enemy
fighters, our pilots bored in on the bomber and set it alight before
finally shooting it down into the sea off Dingli as it turned for home.
Several Macchi’s were seen limping home trailing smoke and glycol. All
our hurricanes returned to Takali, although one had to land with no
engine, while the other had serious damage to it’s airframe, an impressive
feat of flying especially considering enemy fighters flying top cover
bounced our aircraft in the middle of the battle.

Malta Night Fighter Unit Formed!

A number of hurricanes have been detailed to form a new unit,
specifically to combat the increased enemy night activity. Pilots for this
new unit will be volunteers only. Any pilot wishing to apply should
speak to his Flight Leader.

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