By Peter de Jong, Chris Davey, Mark Postlethwaite
Probably the main seaworthy flying boat ever outfitted, the based, tri-motor Dornier Do 24 served with either the Allied and Axis forces in very diverse components of the globe in the course of global struggle II, garnering a great popularity alongside the way in which This learn makes use of archival documents, first-hand debts and revealing images to light up the strive against profession of this amazing plane for the 1st time in English.
The German-built Do 24 was once the Netherlands Navy's primary aerial asset in the course of the eastern invasion of the East Indies. whereas the survivors of that ordeal served within the Australian Air strength, in occupied Holland and France construction persevered speedily and the Do 24 built the German Air-Sea rescue provider, whose crews enjoyed and revered the laptop. the sort witnessed the increase and fall of the Luftwaffe over all of the eu seas, took half within the determined evacuations of Wehrmacht troops at the Baltic within the face of the overpowering Soviet strengthen, and used to be pressed out of provider simply with the withdrawal of Spanish Do 24s in 1969.
This quantity tells the lengthy and eventful tale of the devoted Do 24 in complete.
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The seaplane’s crew was led by Oberleutnant Hans Kurz, with Oberfeldwebel Hans Sost being the pilot. They were killed on 17 December when CM+IT hit a ship’s mast while taking off from Syracuse harbour, bound for North Africa with a cargo of fuel (H Thürling) A complete formation of 14 six-engined Me 323s, each carrying 12 tonnes of fuel or ammunition, was wiped out off Cape Bon on 22 April. The only rescue action undertaken from the air was by Fieseler Storchs dropping one-man dinghies, and questions were asked about the absence of the Seenotdienst (Luft).
One flying boat returned to base with 19 Italian sailors on board. At this point, however, a B-24D Liberator of the USAAF’s 1st Antisubmarine Squadron arrived on the scene. Whilst on a patrol mission from its base at Protville 1, in Tunisia, its crew sighted three seaplanes on the water, which were thought to be PBYs at first. The debriefing report continues; ‘Crew sighted a few miles away about 200 survivors in life vests in the water, in lifeboats, in wreckage and on orange and black life rafts.
On 19 October 1943 the merchantman Sinfra, carrying some 2400 prisoners in its hold, as well as 204 Germans, was sunk by USAAF B-25 Mitchells and RAF Beaufighters some 19 miles to the north of Souda Bay. The ship sent an SOS saying ‘Save German troops first’. That day, 566 men were rescued, including 163 Germans, but more than 2000 drowned. During the rescue operations a Do 24 from Souda Bay was strafed by Beaufighter Xs of No 603 Sqn. The Dornier was taken in tow by a support boat, but the seaplane sank before reaching its base.