Search for pocket battleship Deutschland

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  1. robin bird

    robin bird Well-Known Member

    Does anyone have information on the search for the Deutschland in November 1939, particularly the air search? Thank you
     
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  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Perhaps - http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C4122916

    Reference: ADM 223/26
    Description:
    DEUTSCHLAND action
    Date: 1939 Nov.
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status: Public Record(s)
    Closure status: Open Document, Open Description


    http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C587297
    Reference: AIR 14/185
    Description:
    Operations against Deutschland - 21st Dec.1939
    Date: 1939
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Former reference in its original department: IIH/241/3/431 (BC/S 22200/8)
    Legal status: Public Record(s)
    Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

    There may of course be others
    TD
     
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  3. robin bird

    robin bird Well-Known Member

    I will look up those reports at Kew in the New Year. My particular interest is in Catalina P9630, Britain's first Catalina, which took part in the search
     
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  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

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    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

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  6. robin bird

    robin bird Well-Known Member

    Thanks everyone. Now know that Catalina P9630 had a short but eventful career. After making aviation history crossing the Atlantic non stop, it was the first Catalina to take part in the Battle of the Atlantic, possibly the first Cat to see operational use in WW2. Besides being MAEE's trials aircraft P9630 served with 228, 240 and 210 Squadrons. On November 23/24 1939 it searched for the Deutschland after being involved in an international incident in Iceland. Returning to the MAEE then at RHU Helensburgh it crashed and was written off on February 1940. Among the passengers one Dennis Briggs, later of Bismarck spotting fame. Another passenger was MAEE boffin Vincent Drake, who later was the sole survivor when a Sunderland flying boat crashed. I have spoken to his daughter about this.
     

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