10. Räumboot-Flottille, Ouistreham, June 6, 1944

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Re: 10. Räumboot-Flottille, Ouistreham, June 6, 1944

Post by Artee » 19 Mar 2013 02:06

Emmanuel,

Thanks for the link to the info on the Kriegsmarine vs the 6th Airborne 06Jun44. However, as I suspected the oft repeated reference to V212 Friedrich Busse being UJ1401 is an error. Much like the reference to Blainville being assumed incorrectly to be Blainville Sur Mer.

"Friedrich Busse" aka v212 was built in 1934, Gross tonnage 438 tons, sunk/scuttled in the Caen Canal in June 44, raised & repaired post war & became "King Hal" then "Torhaullur TN79".

"Fritz Busse" was built in 1940, Gross Registered tonnage 504 tons, served as UJ121 then UJ1401, based at Lorient in 1944, survived the war & became "Suffren", then later "Jacques Cartier".

Sources: maritime-connector.com & http://www.float-trawlers.lancashire.gov etc

Meanwhile some more info from R184's interrogation report gives a description Harbour Protection Boats - the vessels that were quite probably what came down the Canal that day:

(ix) Harbour Defence Vessels ("Hafenschutzboote")
Harbour defence flotillas have no numbers but are simply named after the ports to which they belong, having been requisitioned and converted for naval use. A flotilla might consist of eight to 16 boats. There are about six men to a boat, but the numbers vary. Their duties are to keep a lookout and prevent smuggling. The following are average details:

Length 15 m. (49 ft.).
Beam (max) 4.0 to 4.50 m. (13.0-14.7 ft.).
Speed 4 to 5 knots.
Engines One 36 h.p. Diesel amidships.
Armament One 20 mm. gun and one machine-gun, both mounted forward. The 20 mm. gun is mounted on a raised platform approached by three steps on either side.
Ammunition About 20 full magazines each containing 20 rounds and four additional boxes are carried. Ammunition is stored below the gun which is served by three men.
Hull Wooden, with a raised cabin aft.
Fuel Fuel is carried in two tanks, starboard and port, abreast the engine.

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Re: 10. Räumboot-Flottille, Ouistreham, June 6, 1944

Post by igorr » 19 Mar 2013 03:08

Error with V.212 and UJ.1401 goes from Groener, Bd. 8. There messed up Fritz and Friedrich on seite 524.

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Re: 10. Räumboot-Flottille, Ouistreham, June 6, 1944

Post by Manuferey » 19 Mar 2013 23:38

Thank you, gentlemen, for these corrections.

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Re: 10. Räumboot-Flottille, Ouistreham, June 6, 1944

Post by Manuferey » 24 Mar 2013 14:54

Urmel wrote:War Diary 2. Sicherungs-Division
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6 June 44
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13.21 reports R221 with FT 1244/6
What was FT 1244/6? Any idea?

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Re: 10. Räumboot-Flottille, Ouistreham, June 6, 1944

Post by Urmel » 24 Mar 2013 15:10

I guess it's the number given to the radio transmission. FT = Funktelegramm (I guess).
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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