Re: Kriegasmarine naval losses at Cefalonia and Corfu, 9/43
Posted by: Platon Alexiades
Date: January 04, 2009 08:35PM
Hello Fabrizio and Axel,
I have the following on the subject:
F 495 sunk (no casualties) and F 494 damaged (4 killed and 7 wounded) in action against Italian coastal batteries at Argostoli on 13/9.
When entering Iguminitza on 24/9 UJ 2105 was engaged by an Italian coastal battery (10.5 cm according to the German report) and suffered a direct hit (1 killed and 6 wounded including the commanding officer Oberleutnant Keller). During the same operation the minesweepers R 195 was damaged (6 wounded) and R 211 was hit by machine-gun fire but I do not have much details. Shortly after Italian bombers (not British AFAIK) raided the harbour and R 194 and F 131 were damaged and the small LS 6 was sunk alongside the pier.
On 27/9 R 211 and R 194 were again damaged but this time against Italian defences on the NE corner of Corfu.
SL 6 was raised and sailed in tow of F 331 but sank accidentally in deep water while on her way to Piraeus, the crew was picked up by F 331 (30/9). Please note that this not a typo: there were both F 131 and F 331 involved.
I have no indication of heavy German losses but I can be wrong...
Best wishes for the New Year,