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The 3rd Raumboot Flotille in the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea.
Activities in 1944 and the end.
Then, during 1944, the flotilla provided coverage to convoy traffic between the isolated Crimea, Odessa and Constanza together with the 10th Security Division with the 1st, 3rd and 23rd anti-submarine flotillas. In January 1944, 38 merchant ships were escorted for a total of 67,376 tons, and five air strikes were rejected. In February 1944 there were 45 merchant vessels with a total of 70,152 tons and 53 merchant ships with 96,525 tons in March. In March 1944, the following vessels belonged to the flotilla: R 35, R 37, R 163, R 164, R 165, R 166, R 196, R 197, R 203, R 204, R 206, R 207, R 208 , R 209 and R 216 and Grafenau. On April 11, 1944 the R 204 was sunk at Feodosia Pier by a Russian air raid. In May 1944, the flotilla participated in the evacuation of Crimea. During the withdrawal, 1,318 soldiers, including 338 wounded, were transported on the crafts of the flotilla. Two of the R boats were heavily damaged. All ships were damaged by aerial bombardment. Therefore, after finishing the evacuation to Varna, five ships entered the shipyard, while two were repaired in Constanza. On August 21, 1944, in Constanza the ships of the flotilla suffered an American air strike. Here, among others, the R 37, R 164 and R 204 were sunk.
On 24 August 1944, Romania capitulated, resulting in a difficult situation for German troops in the country. After the Romanian declaration of war, on August 26 the flotilla left Constanza and moved to Varna. In front of the port of Varna were sunk the remaining ships. The crews began their way back to Germany by land. During the journey they had repeated clashes with partisans. By the end of 1944 the reorganization of the 3. R-Flotille had begun in Bremen under Kapitänleutnant Klaßmann.
Sources: Gemeinschaft 3_ Räumboot-Flottille - 3_Minensuchgeschader.
http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Gli ... /RFlot.htm
Memeler Dampfboot Nº 8 - August 2003.
Cheers. Raul M .
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