Seenotgruppe 51

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Seenotgruppe 51

Formation and History. (Aug 44 - Apr 45)

Ordered formed 19 August 1944 at Tromsø/N Norway with a Stab, Seenotstaffel 51 and Seenotflottille 51 by renaming Seenotbereichskdo. IX. Subordinated to Fliegerführer 5/Komm.Gen.d.Dt.Lw. in Norwegen. Responsible for sea rescue operations in North and much of Central Norway. Moved south to Bodø in February 1945. Surrendered 8 May 1945 at Bodø in a strength of 2 officers and 1 man.[1]

FpN: (L 49130)

Kommandeur: Hptm. Gerhard Kersten (Sep 44 - 8 May 45)

© 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 AFHRA Maxwell: decimal K113 Karlsruhe Collection, unpublished manuscript “Geschichte d. Seenotdienst 1939-45”; PRO London: AIR 40 Air Ministry intelligence documents, A.I.3.(E) intelligence study “Organisation of the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; NARA WashDC: RG 242/T-312 roll 1070, frame 591; BA-MA Freiburg: Signatur RL 9/35; W.Dierich-VdL:283-97; D.Jung/B.Wenzel/A.Abendroth-Die Schiffe und Boote der deutschen Seeflieger 1912-1976:191-98; N.Kannapin-Feldpostübersicht; Luftwaffen-Revue magazine, Heft (issue) 4/1990.

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