Mr. Curtin announced the loss of HMAS Vampire which was sunk by Japanese aircraft
bombs east of Ceylon while escorting HMS Hermes on 9
In the Mediterranean, Axis aircraft hammer the island
ceaselessly and destroy or damage almost all the newly arrived Spitfire reinforcements
on the ground. It now looks as if there is nothing more that Malta can do. Axis
forces can now land at will. There is actually a plan for the capture of the island,
known as Operation C 3. The Italian Admiral Vittorio Tur has been nominated to
carry it out, and the Luftwaffe General Kurt
is to throw in his parachutists (it was Student who led the capture
of Crete). Mussolini is eager to occupy the Maltese islands but Adolf
refuses to give the go-ahead.
In Burma, Battles at Pyinmana
In the Philippines, Japanese made new landings on Panay
In Australasia, Allied bombers attacked Rabaul. Port Moresby
raided by laps. Go To: 22nd
Edited by Sir John Hamilton
The War Illustrated.
by Sir John Hamilton
2194 Days Of War.
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