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D/S Lynx
Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen

(Norwegian Homefleet WW II)

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In Bergen 1945 (with the Swastika flag). Received from Bjørn Milde, Norway (from his postcard collection).
Hosanger I can be seen further out (the white looking vessel).

Also from Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.

Tonnage: 1366 gt
Dimensions: 230.8' x 34' x 23.2'
Machinery: Triple Expansion (Worms & Cie.) 189nhp 11 knots

Delivered in March-1925 from Ateliers & Chantiers de la Seine Maritime, Worms & Cie., Le Trait, France (31) as cargo liner Lynx to Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen. Steel hull, 1366 gt, 1480 tdwt, dimensions and machinery as above. As per the summer of 1939 she was used in the Kirkenes-Bergen-Hamburg route, which the owners ran weekly together with Nordenfjeldske D/S with a total of 5 ships (alternating with 2 and 3 vessels in the line). BDS used Diana, Leo, Neptun and Lynx.

 WW II: 

Ended up in the Homefleet in Apr.-1940, continuing in the line. (According to R. W. Jordan's sources she was reported in the Baltic in July 1943, and in Germany-Norway trade in June-1944?). In Febr.-1944 she was in the German convoy in which Anna Sofie ran aground (Convoy Be-146-St). Lynx had a general cargo at the time. Follow link to Anna Sofie for more details.

Attacked by British aircraft (21 Beaufighters and 11 Mosquitos from Banff Strike Wing according to the website that I've linked to at the end of this text) off Askvoll on Sept. 19-1944, when on a voyage in a German convoy from Hamburg (via Bergen?) to Tromsø and Hammerfest. On fire and beached south of Stavenes, sank in shallow waters. The pilot died in this attack. Lynx later slipped off and sank in deeper waters. D/S Tyrifjord was sunk at the same time, no casualties. The company's D/S Ursa was also in this convoy.

Related external links:
The pilot who died - Listed as Charles Magnus Enoksen.

Picture of Lynx after the attack - Linked to Nordic Explorers, which also has another picture of Lynx and several pictures from inside the wreck. The site gives the year of the sinking as 1941, this must be a printing error. The article on Lynx also says that salvage was attempted, but she slipped off and sank during the attempt.

Sorties Flown by Banff Strike Wing - the other side of the coin, scroll down to Sept. 19-1944, which says that a "Beaufighter "L" of 144 squadron was hit by flak during the strike. Flight Sergeant R.F.C. Hossack and his Navigator B.C. Wicks were both lost with the plane".

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(Misc. sources, incl. info received from R. W. Jordan - pre war details are from T. Eriksen, Norway - His sources: Article about Bergenske in "Skipet" 1-2.88 by Dag Bakka Jr., and "Norges eldste Linjerederi, BDS 1851-1951" by Wilhelm Keilhau).

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