While I was digging on tsushima.su and others for crosscheck, I stumbled upon an old post/discussion that i found quite interesting and made further reasearch. It is about the combat operations of the small Soviet naval detachment in Il’men Lake.igorr wrote:Sorry, i can't help you with Baltic.
I learned some time ago that generally speaking the whole combat activity of Soviet small flottillas in river and lakes (especially in 1945) are poorly known. This is quite a huge pity, because while less "fascinating" than large warships operations in open sea, they appears rich of little local successes (far more than the major fleets operations). One key widespread issue it's the lack of documents concerning the Heer (German Army) over usage, clashes and losses of small assault boats, ferriers, confiscated local boats and schooners etc.
While lacking this obvious confirmation, some episodes appears quite realistic by their own nature (and some have been previously covered on this forum's discussion). This seems the case for the Il’men Lake actions:
On three different dates: 17 September 1943, 30 September 1943, 3 October 1943 boarded and seized 5 different fishing schooners (apparently all manned by Russian and fishing for the German army). Two different schooners boarded on the last incident.
Episode appears thus confirmed by presence of prisoners (11 captured) and schooners later pressed in service (four of them re-armed).
Still obviously would be quite interesting to know the exact report of the three incidents: the main Soviet units of the flottilla were five boats of “Ya-5” type (mortar-boat/minesweepers multipurpose etc): n°5, n°6, n°7, n°8 and n°9.
They were augmented/supported by five BK-70 and four NKL-27 speedboats.
To fully complete this small account, apparently the Soviet detachment did not suffered losses on these operations. And to be faithful on what reported they actually claimed to have destroyed/sunk 43 different enemy boats!!
They are even described: 10 combat boats, 16 armed schooners, 17 cargo schooners.
Personally i think it's quite an high claim. While it is possible this naval detachment also sunk some other fishing schooner or supply motorboat (or even some armed boat operated by Heer?) I would like to know if someone else researched on the subject.