Loss of Kuha-4 "Harjus"

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Loss of Kuha-4 "Harjus"

Post by lupodimare89 » 20 Apr 2020 16:16

Greetings, i wanted to ask some clarification over the minesweeping boat Kuha-4 "Harjus".
According different online sources, it was described as
A little Finnish motor boat, used by the 4 minesweeping flotilla as minesweeper was sunk by a mine, 3 sailors killed
I have seen multiple different dates indicated as 23, 27 or 28 July 1942, and a generic ""West from Hanko peninsula"""
There are more specific Finnish data over this loss? the exact date and coordinates to attept identify the field etc

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Re: Loss of Kuha-4 "Harjus"

Post by Ruotsinsalmi » 20 Apr 2020 17:18

Hi
Kuha 4 ("Harjus") survived the war. Kuha-class formed 2. Flotilla, not 4th.
4th flotilla operated ex. civilian tugs and motor boats and according the war diary boat identified as III/15 Ry-109 (Naval number given to some unidentified civilian motor boat) hit a mine and was lost 23.7.1942 17:30 near Hanko harbour.
Two officers and one seaman were killed, three wounded.

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Re: Loss of Kuha-4 "Harjus"

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Re: Loss of Kuha-4 "Harjus"

Post by lupodimare89 » 21 Apr 2020 10:43

Thanks for the explains! Yes it was clearly something weird to begin with, because only some sources reported the Kuha as lost, so it was some kind of mix-up.

Well, apart saying that "" III/15 Ry-109 "" is one of the most unusual name/code composition i saw, in the document there is some descriptions of the incident? It accidentally bumped some defensive barrage or was maybe some old 1941 mine?

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