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Flotten der Welt => Die italienische Marine => Thema gestartet von: LColombo am 01 November 2018, 15:07:19

Titel: Italian merchant ships sunk in the Baltic and Norwegian seas
Beitrag von: LColombo am 01 November 2018, 15:07:19
During 1942-1943, some Italian merchant ships, blockade runners that had reached France from Spain, Brazil and the Canary Islands, crossed the English Channel and reached the Baltic Sea, where they were subsequently used for transport between Germany and Scandinavia, especially Norway. Between 1943 and 1945, most of these ships were lost:

Steamer DREPANUM, sunk by collision with the German steamer LIPPE on 20 November 1943 in the Kattegat (en route from Thamshavn to Germany)

Steamer EUGENIO C., sunk by British aircraft in on 26 April 1944 in Bod° fjord (Norway)

Steamer IDA (renamed AALEN after takeover by Germany?), sunk off Jutland on 22 October 1944, while en route from Gotenhafen to Kristiansand, after colliding with the wreck of the passenger ship GNEISENAU

Steamer ATLANTA (renamed CHARLOTTE after takeover by Germany?), sunk by British warships (HMS NORFOLK, BELLONA, ONSLOW, ORWELL and OSLAUGHT) off Egersund (Norway) on 12 January 1945

Steamer MONBALDO, sunk by aerial bombing in Stettin on 24 March 1945

Steamer AMICIZIA, sunk by aerial bombing in Hamburg on 10 April 1945 (this was not a blockade runner, she was in Hamburg already in June 1940)


As I was looking for information about what happened to their crews, I was wondering, perhaps KTBs or other German records have information about how many crew members were lost or survived each of these sinkings?
Titel: Re: Italian merchant ships sunk in the Baltic and Norwegian seas
Beitrag von: Urs He▀ling am 02 November 2018, 00:13:45
hi,

some remarks and very minor (!) corrections
Steamer EUGENIO C., sunk by British aircraft in on 26 April 1944 in Bod° fjord (Norway)
There's no Bodoe fjord, just Bodoe (or position : off Bodoe)
The a/c were carrier aircraft from Victorious and Furious


Steamer IDA (renamed AALEN after takeover by Germany?), sunk off Jutland on 22 October 1944,
renaming : yes
loss position not off Jutland, but off Gedser in the Baltic (Gneisenau wreck), on Oct, 23 (?)


Steamer ATLANTA (renamed CHARLOTTE after takeover by Germany?), sunk by British warships (HMS NORFOLK, BELLONA, ONSLOW, ORWELL and OSLAUGHT) off Egersund (Norway) on 12 January 1945
renaming : yes
OSLAUGHT read ONSLAUGHT

greetings, Urs
Titel: Re: Italian merchant ships sunk in the Baltic and Norwegian seas
Beitrag von: LColombo am 02 November 2018, 10:02:08
Thank you.
Titel: Re: Italian merchant ships sunk in the Baltic and Norwegian seas
Beitrag von: Erling Skjold am 02 November 2018, 23:00:40
Hi,
Some details:

DREPANUM:
No casualties. All crew, and Flak soldier rescued by Lippe, and taken to Copenhagen.

EUGENIO C:
Casualties: 17 Italian crew, 5 German crew and 1 Norwegian pilot. 10 Flak soldiers. 8 italien crew, and 4 Flak soldiers rescued by V-5905 and V-5906.

CHARLOTTE:
Unknown (to me) number of casualties for the crew (probably several), but 1 Norwegian pilot and 10 Flak soldiers died.

AMICZIA:
On her way to the UK 9.4.1940, and taken as prize by the German navy. Taken in arrest to Stavanger, and transferred to Germany.

MfG
Erling
Titel: Re: Italian merchant ships sunk in the Baltic and Norwegian seas
Beitrag von: LColombo am 03 November 2018, 19:42:31
Thank you! Exactly what I was looking for. Strange story about the AMICIZIA...