German seaplane tenders. Do anything?

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Post by varjag » 31 Mar 2006 13:32

Simon Orchard wrote:Not u-boat assistance as such but long range recconaissance work for U-boats. On several occasions a Bv138 was dispatched to work with a U-boat for days or weeks at a time and refueled from the U-boat. Something the 138 could do as it used diesel. That site gives a good account of where and how they were used.

Could you elaborate on this? - 'days or weeks' - at sea? Even with optimally clement conditions - the refuelling of a
Bv 138 from a U-boat at sea - must have been a VERY RISKY operation. I'm not saying it didn't happen - but HOW OFTEN
and between which U-boats/Bv 138's - where and when? Rgds, Varjag

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Post by stril » 05 Apr 2006 16:51

Hello
A link to some photos.
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http://www.wlb-stuttgart.de/seekrieg/43 ... rland2.htm

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Post by varjag » 07 Apr 2006 05:09

Nice pictures stril - thanks for them. What happened to the Bv 138, did it bump to hard into
the submarine? Do you know WHERE they were taken? Looks like a glacier in the background -
which spells Greenland/Svalbard or something of the sort......rgds, Varjag

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Post by varjag » 07 Apr 2006 10:49

Thanks Simon Orchard for the links. Very interesting stuff. I draw the conclusion that the pictures show a
refuelling meeting between U 255 and the Bv 138 on the coast of Novaya Zemlya in
August 1943. As you yourself must have noted - the German site makes reference
to the loss of a Bv 138 - shown 'ducking' in the picture, through a collision - doubtless with the U-boat.
Aeroplanes are very fragile things - in contact with ships :roll: even so - the weather appears to have
been almost calm in the pictures. Rgds, Varjag

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Post by Maxschnauzer » 27 May 2014 03:43

This is an old thread and some of the image links are broken so I am posting these image of the catapult ships Bussard, Falke, Sperber and the converted merchant ship Friesenland in the event they weren't posted before. I am asking if anyone has any additional pics of these ships or the other converted merchants with catapult capability (Westfalen and Ostmark ) other than those shown on the following link : http://www.luftarchiv.de/index.htm?/bordgerate/kata.htm which is the source of these images.
bussard.jpg
falke2.jpg
sperber_do18.jpg
sperber.jpg
Friesenland.jpg
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Post by Maxschnauzer » 27 May 2014 12:53

A few more if there are any seaplane buffs out there (same source):
westfalen.jpg
schwabenland.jpg
ostmark_1.jpg
Die Katapultanlage der 'Ostmark'.jpg
Die Dornier Do 26 V5 auf dem Schleuderschiff 'Friesenland'.jpg
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Post by Felix C » 27 May 2014 18:11

Older thread here: http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic. ... x#p1683058

Two seaplane tenders- Max Stinksy and Richtoffen escaped to Spain. Operated by the Luftwaffe.

More ships here: http://www.navypedia.org/ships/germany/ger_carriers.htm

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Post by Maxschnauzer » 27 May 2014 22:46

Thank you for the info and link, Felix.
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Post by Maxschnauzer » 28 May 2014 00:46

The BV 139 being deployed from Katapultshiffe: (Source http://www.wwiiaircraftphotos.com/luftw ... bv1391.htm)
BV 139 Schwabenland.jpg
BV139-Friesenland.jpg
BV139- Schwabenland.jpg
BV 139 .jpg
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Post by Felix C » 28 May 2014 19:52

My pleasure and your pics are quite educating.
Thanks.

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Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 15 Jun 2019 08:20

The seaplane carriers of the Kriegsmarine were the closest of being an operational German aircraft carriers.

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