Seenotflottille 12

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Seenotflottille 12

Formation and History. (Jun 42 - Aug 44)

Formed o/a 1 June 1942 at Constanţa/Romania and subordinated to Seenotbereichskdo. XII. Initially had four boats (Fl.B. 404, 408, 415 and 426), but by 1943 2 to 4 more had been added and the Flottille was deployed around the Black Sea, frequently moving from one port to another. Ordered renamed Seenotflottille 40 at Constanţa on 19 August 1944 but just a day later, before this could be carried out, the Flottille lost nearly half of its strength in Soviet air raids on Constanţa and several other ports.[1]

FpN: (none found)


Hptm. (Ernst?) Strecker (01.06.42 - 1943)

Hptm. Gutzeit (1943 - 19 Aug 44?)

© H.L. deZeng IV, 2024


  1. AFHRA Maxwell: decimal K113 Karlsruhe Collection, unpublished manuscript “Geschichte d. Seenotdienst 1939-45”; PRO London: AIR 40 Air Ministry intelligence documents, A.I.3.(E) intelligence study “Organisation of the Air/Sea Rescue Service in the G.A.F.” dated 31.1.1944 with later supplements; PRO London: AIR 40 Air Ministry intelligence documents; BA-MA Freiburg: RL 2 III Meldungen über Flugzeugunfälle…..(Loss Reports – LRs); BA-MA RL 9/35; NARA WashDC: RG 242/T-311 roll 179, frame 688; T-321 roll 53, frames 003ff; W.Dierich-VdL:283-97; D.Jung/B.Wenzel/A.Abendroth-Die Schiffe und Boote der deutschen Seeflieger 1912-1976:191-98; J-L.Roba/C.Crãciunoiu-Seaplanes Over the Black Sea: German-Romanian Operations 1941-1944:66 et seq; N.Kannapin-Feldpostübersicht; Luftwaffen-Revue magazine, Heft (issue) 4/1990:82.

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