minelayer "Drache"

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Dido
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minelayer "Drache"

Post by Dido » 16 Jan 2010 16:18

I am looking for some information on the minelayer DRACHE. We know that she was sunk by air attack at Vathi, Samos in 1944. Does anyone knows if she was raised or scrapped and when?

Any available photos of the wreck would be most welcomed!

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Re: DRACHE

Post by Mischa » 16 Jan 2010 17:08

Hello Dido,
in this Marine-Arsenal You can find all what are You lokking for. Page 20-27, capitel: "Zmaj" - der erste und einzige jugoslawische "Seeflugzeugträger". It is in German. If You do not know, how get it, guive mi You e-mai-address, so I will send You the pages.
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Re: DRACHE

Post by Tiornu » 01 Feb 2010 18:01

You can also try Warship International 2001 #1. It has an article on Zmaj, also written by Dr. Freivogel.

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Re: DRACHE

Post by steve coates » 25 Sep 2019 11:35

Can anyone supply a scan of the article on the Drache in Warship International 2001-01? I have tried searching for a copy to buy for the past year or more but have come up empty. Please PM me for my private e-mail address.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: minelayer "Drache"

Post by Paulthefish » 01 Apr 2020 16:17

Hello every one,

My grandad (100 years old), Peter Newman was assigned the task of transporting line warfare expert Lt Bernard Cox [...] to the wreck of the German minelayer[...]Drache. They were supposed to secure the wreck before scraping. However, there was an incident and 3 men died.
Please read the full article published by my oncle Tim here : https://paulmaire.ch/samos

All help and information is welcome. I am also interested in laying my hands on pages about the Zmaj/Drache in the book :-)
Can't find the book anywhere.

Thanks a lot.

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Re: minelayer "Drache"

Post by Darius333 » 01 Apr 2020 19:43

Hi,

maybe a hint:

http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1945-01JAN.htm
23.01.1945
ML.349, TONER, Alexander, Able Seaman, C/JX 554063, MPK
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Re: minelayer "Drache"

Post by Paulthefish » 02 Apr 2020 14:25

Yes, thank you very much :-) I had that link and name.
Bernard Cox "Bertie" and Alexander Toner are two out of 3...

We are looking for the third one?!
It seems the incident is not documented and most people remember the plane attack...

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Re: minelayer "Drache"

Post by Waleed Y. Majeed » 02 Apr 2020 17:46

I don’t know if it’s of any help, but link below mentions ML. 349 and a
“Tempy. Lieut., P. D. Newman 27 Dec 43
R.N.V.R. J (In Command)” and
“Tempy. Sub-Lieut., > P. S. Chapman 14 Mar 44
R.N.V.R. J”. Maybe a missing third name? Might mean something to your grandad.
https://digital.nls.uk/british-military ... e/93459682

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Re: minelayer "Drache"

Post by Waleed Y. Majeed » 02 Apr 2020 17:50

From same source
Image

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Re: minelayer "Drache"

Post by Paulthefish » 09 Sep 2020 14:34

Thank you very much for your input. I'll check it out and come back to you.

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