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- The Tirpitz 11 March 1943 -

by Anthony Saunders

On the morning of 11 March 1943, Fw190s from IV./JG5 took off from their base to escort the mighty battleship Tirpitz and a screening fleet of escort destroyers and torpedo boats, at the start of a voyage north to Bogen Bay during Operation Rostock.

Designed to escape the increasingly frequent British bombing raids, Tirpitz

would leave southern Norway to jion an impressive German naval fleet gathering near Narvik, one of the largest German naval bases in Norway. Together with the Scharnhorst, the heavy cruiser Lützow, and the light cruiser Nürnberg, they would pose a grave threat to the Artic convoys. After repeated attempts to sink her, Tirpitz was eventually destroyed by the RAF at her anchorage in Altenfiord, 12 November 1944.



Hauptmann Karl - Fritz Schlossstein

Hauptmann KARL - FRITZ SCHLOSSSTEIN ( Break Out )

Karl-Fritz Schlossstein iniially flew Me110 heavy destroyers with JG5, when the Group first arrived in Norway in 1942 to provide air cover for the convoys supplying the rapidly increasing German garrison in that country. He commanded 13(Z)/JG5 from the summer of 1942 to June 1943, and then converted to fly Me109s. Later in Norway, he flew Me110s with ZG76. He ended the war flying Fw190s with JG54 Greenhearts in the Defence of the Reich.

Leutnant Zur See Willi Vosling

Leutnant Zur See WILLI VOSLING ( Eismeer Patrol )

Jioning the Kriegsmarine in 1942, Willi Vösing was Senior Controller in the Gunnery Fire Control Section on Tirpitz, one of the most important gunnery positions on the ship, passing vital information between the ship's guns and the ship's commanders. After the Tirpitz capsized, he was one of the few fortunate survivors to be released from deep inside the ship by rescuers cutting into the upturned hull.

Oberleutnant Kurt Schulze

Oberleutnant KURT SCHULZE ( Eismmer Patrol )

After serving with the Air Signals Corps during the "Blitzkrieg" through the low countries and France, Kurt Schulze then flew as a Me110 wireless operator over southern Russia, before returning to the West. Here he flew night missions against England in Do217s with I./KG2. In September 1943 he transferred to train as a fighter pilot, and flew 65 missions in Me109s with III./JG5 on the Artic Front, scoring three victories. In November 1944 he flew in the ill-fated defence of the German battleship Tirpitz. In March 1945 he commanded 1./JG51 in the encircled east German city of Danzig, before returning to Norway in May 1945 to command 16./JG5.



Eismeer Patrol

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