Re: Ile Fritzen and Bjerfin and Torhund
Posted by: Erling Skjold
Date: March 21, 2003 11:38AM
I think your date is incorrect, as the attack occured January 25. 1945.
There were two convoys being attacked at the same place. Be-156-Al (Bergen - Aalesund) consisting of German SS "Ilse Fritzen" (1922/4883 ex French St. Octave) and Norwegian SS "Bjergfin" (with one "N" acording to Norske Veritas register) (1917/648 ex "Svanholm") + escorts "V-5111", "V-5115" and "V-5310". The other convoy Al-134-Be (Aalesund - Bergen) consisting of Norwegian SS "Lövaas", SS "Tore Hund" and German SS "Radue" + escorts "V-5105" and "V-5305".
The Ilse Fritzen and Bjergfin were both sunk, of the others only Lövaas had some very minor damages. The Ilse Fritzen was on voyage from Stettin - Tromsö with coal and mines, and suffered 2 wounded. The Bjergin (unarmed) was on voyage from Stavanger - Harstad with flour. The captain was killed, and four of the crew wounded.
Both wrecks are still on the seabed.