Frisian Islands on 7 February 1942
Posted by: Laurent Rizzotti
Date: February 09, 2018 06:24AM
I am searching more data on the action that happened over and around the Frisian Islands on 7 February 1942. 32 Hampden attempted to use cloud cover to lay mines in the area in daylight and JG 1 fighters shot down 3 of them (claiming five). Several returning Allied crews reported seeing a convoy (or maybe two) and it seem to me that part of the JG 1 aircraft were flying convoy patrols to cover it (them)
I would like to know if reports survived about the Kriegsmarine activity in the area that day.
I found on the Net an English tranlation of the War Diary of German Naval Staff Operations Division.
For this day and this area it says:
"The 13th and 18th Motor Mine Sweeper Flotillas worked on mine field I. Mine-detonating vessels 145 and 147, and 3 vessels of the 15th Motor Mine Sweeper Flotilla executed a special task. Convoys proceeded as planned with no special incidents to report. Enemy air activity over the coastal area of the German Bight at noon. The release of aerial bombs was observed north of Norderney, Juist, Langeroog, and Wangeroog (quadrants 9851, 9573, and 9596) 3 miles east of lightship D and 1 mile north of lighthouse Roter Sand. 1 ground mine was swept in each of quadrants AN6969, 6962, and 6678. Mine-detonating vessels 15, 16, 17, 161, and 138 carefully checked route Braun. An enemy air attack on mine-detonating vessel 15 was repulsed. Our pursuit planes shot down 16 enemy planes in all."
According to what I know, 13th, 15th and 18th Motor Mine Sweeper Flotillas were not composed of M-class minesweepers, but of fishing ships used for minesweeping.
Here are my questions:
1) have someone report/KTB covering the naval/air activity in the area that day ? I am especially interested in times of contact with aircraft or reports of falling "bombs" (actually mines).
2) can someone identify "mine-detonating vessel 15" ?
3) what was route "Braun" ? It may be linked with the Channel Dash that occured some days later.
4) can someone give positions (lat/long) of lightship D and lighthouse Roter Sand
Thanks in advance