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Re: The official AHF WW2 in Africa & the Med quiz thread

Post by Polar bear » 21 Mar 2014 08:47

hi,

two German E-boat COs (rank: Oberleutnant zur See) each sank (or participated in the sinking of) two Allied destroyers in the Med.

Name at least one of them.

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Re: The official AHF WW2 in Africa & the Med quiz thread

Post by David W » 21 Mar 2014 09:12

Do you want the names of the E-boats, or the Destroyers?

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Post by Polar bear » 21 Mar 2014 16:40

hello, David,

actually, the question aims at the names of the E-boats' commanding officers.

If you have the E-boats' numbers or the destroyer names, it's simply a matter of looking them up, e.g. in the "Chronik des Seekriegs".

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Re: The official AHF WW2 in Africa & the Med quiz thread

Post by David W » 21 Mar 2014 16:43

I see clearly now!

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Post by Polar bear » 29 Mar 2014 12:46

hi,

one week later, hint # 1
The first victim was RN, the second (in which both participated) was RN, too, the third was a USN ship

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Post by Polar bear » 05 Apr 2014 19:23

hi,

another week later, hint # 2

The first sinking just before Summer 42, the third just before Fall 1943

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Re: The official AHF WW2 in Africa & the Med quiz thread

Post by gttf » 06 Apr 2014 09:49

Hello, I'm afraid to have only partial answers.
The three destroyers sunk by German S-Boote were:
Hasty (RN), sunk by S55, CO Oblt.z.S. Horst Weber, N of Apollonia (Libya), 15/06/1942 (operations against Vigorous)
Lightning (RN), sunk again by S55, CO Oblt.z.S. Weber, RK, N of Bizerte (Tunisia), 12/03/1943 (another source gives S158)
Rowan (USN), sunk by S151, S155, S158 (7. S-Flottille), off Salerno (op. Avalanche), 11/09/1943: no name of commanding officer available

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Post by Polar bear » 06 Apr 2014 18:06

hi, Fabrizio,

that's just fine ! thank you for your timely answer as I'll be off in the next week

The second boat was, indeed, S 158, commanded (in both sinkings) by OLtzS Claus Schultze-Jena

over to you!

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Re: The official AHF WW2 in Africa & the Med quiz thread

Post by Graham Clayton » 12 Jun 2014 03:18

As Fabrizio has not posted a question, I'll post a question.

Whose graves are these?

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Re: The official AHF WW2 in Africa & the Med quiz thread

Post by Graham Clayton » 13 Jun 2014 02:47

Hint #1 - they are South African personnel.
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Post by Urmel » 13 Jun 2014 07:44

Maryland crew?
The enemy had superiority in numbers, his tanks were more heavily armoured, they had larger calibre guns with nearly twice the effective range of ours, and their telescopes were superior. 5 RTR 19/11/41

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Post by Graham Clayton » 23 Jun 2014 11:27

Urmel,

Not from a Maryland - they are from a Blenheim squadron.
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Post by Graham Clayton » 26 Jun 2014 11:24

As there have been no replies, I'll give the answer.

The graves belong to crew members of 15 Squadron, SAAF, who perished on a training flight from Kufra in May 1942:

http://samilitaryhistory.org/vol122jc.html

A very sad story.

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Re: The official AHF WW2 in Africa & the Med quiz thread

Post by David W » 27 Jun 2014 06:47

Can you name the two anti aircraft cruisers involved in operation hats?

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Re: The official AHF WW2 in Africa & the Med quiz thread

Post by Polar bear » 27 Jun 2014 13:46

hi,

CALCUTTA and COVENTRY (departing from (!) Malta)

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