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Komet sinking

Posted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 5:28 pm
by Jordi Comas
Hi all!

German torpedo boats T-4, T-14 and T-19 suffered some casualties in combat against British destroyers and MTBs 14/10/42 when German corsair Komet tried to get into the Atlantic.

Do you know how many casualties there were in each vessel?

Thank you very much

Re: Komet sinking

Posted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:03 pm
by Urs Heßling
hi, Jordi,

the sources I know mention 15 caualties without according these to specific boats.

Apparently, T 4, T 14 and T 19 suffered from "Friendly Fire" by KOMET's 20 mm guns (before she sank), the most prominent victim being the SO 3rd T-flotilla (Flottillenchef) KKpt Hans Wilcke, on the bridge of T 14

Thus, T 10 seems to be the only boat hit by British units.

greetings, Urs

Re: Komet sinking

Posted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:14 pm
by t-geronimo
War diary Marinegruppenkommando West: 16 KIA and 16 WIA (the latter does not correspond with the action report which is an addenum to the war diary and gives 17 WIA):
- T 14 had 1 KIA (Flottilla Commander), 8 WIA
- T 19 had 3 KIA, 3 WIA
- T 10 had 9 KIA, 3 MIA and 6 WIA
- T 4 had no casualties

This is supported by war diary Befehlshaber der Zerstörer which says that 16 KIA were buried in Dinard.

Re: Komet sinking

Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 5:54 pm
by Jordi Comas
Thnak you one more time Thortsen!

Do you know any casualties on board Gneisenau on 18/12/41 at Brest during a RAF air raid and Scharnhorst on 12/3/42 at Kiel also by RAF air raid?