Sinking of HMS Thorbryn off Tobruk by Ju 87

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Sinking of HMS Thorbryn off Tobruk by Ju 87

Post by Platon Alexiades » 22 May 2021 20:54

I am trying to find the name of the unit and possibly those of the pilots who sank the armed trawler HMS Thorbryn off Tobruk on 19 August 1941. Most sources credit Ju 87 dive bombers but some of the survivors claim these were Ju 88.

Many thanks,

Platon

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Re: Sinking of HMS Thorbryn off Tobruk by Ju 87

Post by Larry D. » 23 May 2021 14:55

Definitely Ju 87's, but the identity of the unit is not given in any of my sources. My best guess would be I./St.G. 1 based at Derna or II./St.G. 2 which was also based at Derna on that date.
[Source: Shores, Christopher and Giovanni Massimello with Russell Guest, Frank Olynyk & Winfried Bock. A History of the Mediterranean Air War 1940-1945. Volume One: North Africa June 1940 – January 1942. London: Grub Street, 2012. ISBN-13: 9781908117076. 560p. Hb. Dj. Illus. Maps. Bibliography. Index.]

3.– 19.8.1941
Mittelmeer
Angriffe der dt. Luftwaffe auf den brit. Nachschubverkehr nach Tobruk: Am 3.8. beschädigen Me 110-Zerstörer des ZG.26 nördlich von Marsa Matruk den UJ-Trawler Sotra. Am 12.8. sinkt das zu Transporten eingesetzte Landungsboot LCT-14 vor Tobruk auf einer von Ju 88 des LG.1 gelegten Luftmine. Am 19.8. versenken dt. Ju 87 östlich von Tobruk den UJagd-Trawler Thorbryn und das Landungsboot LCT-12.
[Source: https://www.wlb-stuttgart.de/seekrieg/41-08.htm]

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Re: Sinking of HMS Thorbryn off Tobruk by Ju 87

Post by Platon Alexiades » 23 May 2021 19:08

Hi Larry,

Many thanks for the quick response. I do have the books you mentioned and still looking for more precise information if anyone can provide it.

Best regards,

Platon

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