Convoy Story 1941

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  • If the suggested paperwork date is correct then this is probably footage of the Malta convey which set off from Gibralter in late March 1941 for the island in order to reinforce Malta's air defences. Operations MD 2 and MD 3 -begun in 17.4.41- were intended to supply Malta, retrieve empty ships in the island, and to create a diversion by bombarding Tripoli (on 18.4.41). The fleet, comprised battleships Barham, Valiant and Warspite, carrier Formidable, cruisers Calcutta and Phoebe, and destroyers Defender, Encounter, Griffin, Havelock, Hereward, Jaguar, Kimberley and Kingston. Twelve hours behind the Fleet, Breconshire escorted by the cruiser Perth and destroyer Hotspur also sailed.
    Source: THE SUPPLY OF MALTA 1940-1942, Part 1 of 3
    by the late Arnold Hague, Lieutenant Commander, RNR (Rtd) (c) 1995

    AlanJM 21st Jan 2015

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