Seenotgruppe 81

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Seenotgruppe 81

Formation and History. (Aug 44 - May 45)

Ordered formed (new) 19 August 1944 at Bug auf Rügen with a Stab, Seenotstaffel 81 and Seenotflottille 81. Probably subordinated to Luftflotte Reich. Responsible for sea rescue operations in the western and central Baltic. Very active from Nov 44 to the end of the war in evacuating refugees from East Prussia to ports in West Prussia and Pomerania. Moved from Bug auf Rügen to Guldborg/Lolland in SE Denmark at the end of April and surrendered to the British on 5 May 1945.[1]

FpN: (L 61895)

Kommandeur: Maj.(d.R.) Karl Born (Sep 44 - 8 May 45)

© H.L. deZeng IV, 2024

References

  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 AFHRA Maxwell: decimal K113 Karlsruhe Collection, unpublished manuscript “Geschichte d. Seenotdienst 1939-45”; PRO London: AIR 40 Air Ministry intelligence documents, A.I.3.(E) intelligence study “Organisation of the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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