Re: Hans Leonard?
Date: November 09, 2001 09:18AM
Hans Leonhardt was on a voyage from ┼lborg to Kirkenes and
the cargo was 2199 ton with ammunition and hay.
After Hans L. departed kristiandsand she was together with D/S Florida and the convoy escort was UJ 1706, M 5207 and M 5210.
The code name on this convoy was Kr186Al. When the convoy pass Bergen Sperrbrecher 181 come with them in the convoy.
At 21,45 hours the convoy pass Haugsholmen lighthouse and on the same time they were attack by aircraft and Hans L catch fire in the hay. At 2210 the crew was in the lifeboat. Hans L. drift north and explode at 22,30 hours and sunk in pos. 61* 12,2 N -
05* 25,7 E (QU8545AF). On this time the lifeboat from Hans L.
was 700 meter away. Florida and Sperrbrecher 182 was beached with big damaged.
The aircraft come from the aircraft carrier Furious, Victorious
and Frencer. Total there was 30 Barracudaer,
12 Seafires and 22 Corsairs in the attack. The British code name for this operation was "Lombard"
The main achor winch from Hans L. laying to day on the island Kvams°y 500 meter from the explosion position.
Following crew was kill on Hans Leonhardt,:
3. Offz. Kramer, matros Laemmel,steward Kreuyer, matros Andersen,
trimmer Kupze and trimmer Banis
Following crew was woundet,: Cap. Held, 2. offz. Suess, matros Tiehle, jungman Matthias, trimmer Artenienke and trimmer Codin.