Saturday, September 09, 2006
The decoy effort a Jarabub paid off on 15 November 1941
The Germans finally bit on the decoy effort a Jarabub on 15 November 1941. A "brisk fight" happened "in which one Blenheim was lost, five others and two Hurricanes were damaged, and some petrol and transport were destroyed". When the German records were finally seen, there losses were found to be "three Me. 110s, one Ju. 88 and one Me. 109 destroyed, and one Ju. 88 damaged". The official history thought that this was a reasonable showing. Meanwhile, the Luftwaffe was pounding Tobruk on a daily basis. They also raided the Suez "on five nights". They also hit Fuka, where Blenheims were apparently based ("medium bombers"). The only significant and sustained attacks were on Tobruk. This is based on the account in Vol.III of the Official History.