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    My main area of interest is 254 Sqdn, specifically my relative's final action with that unit. It occurred on may 27th 1940 while on patrol over Stavenger Norway. The squadron ORB states that

    " 27 May 1940- six Bristol Blenheim IVF from 254 Squadron 18 Group flying out of Sumburgh RAF station were sent in two sections of three to sweep the Norwegian SW coast from 62N to Lister, mainly in search of enemy airfields, but also to locate the auxiliary naval vessel Konigsberg."

    Here is the mystery, I have just decided to research the Konigsberg and find that she was sunk in Bergen Harbour by the FAA on 10th April 1940!!!!. Unless there are 2 Konigsbergs (one listed as an auxiliary naval vessel the other a cruiser, why would 254 Squadron be looking for her more than 6 weeks later?



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    Ross's Vol 1 Coastal Command Losses has only one loss for this date and it was Blenheim R3624 "QY-M" of 254 Sqdn.
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    P/O E.H. Alexander
    Sgt. B.A.J. Henrick
    Sgt. T.P.N. Hammond
    T/o time given as 05.30hrs.
    Coastguards reported that an aircraft had crashed into the sea and the Thurso Lifeboat was launched.
    Hmpt Lang of II/JG77 reported shooting a Blenheim down off Stavanger.

    But In the Tony Woods files there are only two Blenheims claimed, one by Ltn Deuschle of 6/JG77 and one by Uffz Vogel of 4/JG77 west of Stavanger at 07.52hrs.

    Perhaps there were reports that the Konigsberg was under repair or not sunk as was thought ? Yes a mystery ?

    All the best in your search
    Alex
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    Hi Paul
    Don't forget that we were fighting in Norway at the relevant time and it is possible that the sinking of the Konigsberg was not confirmed. Apr '40 was the beginning of the campaign and it didn't end until June, so 6 weeks after the attack on the ship,it wouldn't be unusual, in a campaign situation, for a need to resolve possible doubts and confirm the whereabouts of a reasonably major enemy ship. That the German navy was dangerous was illustrated by the sinking of the Glorious on June 8th by German Battleships, which, if they had not suffered damage themselves and withdrawn, could have destroyed the evacuation convoys from the Narvik area
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    As Dick says, the sinking was not confirmed at the time of the Skua attack, and it was also not known for certain which ship they had initially attacked. For a great article on the Skua attack:

    http://freespace.virgin.net/john.dell/sinking_of_the_konigsberg.htm

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    Thanks for the input guys, having dug a little deeper I have found that they were wise to keep an eye on the Konigsberg as she was refloated after a couple of years and used as a submarine mooring in Bergen only to roll over again and was broken up after the war.

    As an aside, the confusion over the number of air casualties on may 27th 1940 is caused by duplicate claims for the same kill, Blenheim QY-M, from Deuschle and Vogel.

    For further information on this action please visit the 254 Squadron webpages at

    www2.bc.edu/~emerypa/254

    Paul
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