Sunday, December 25, 2011

German Freighter Helgoland, 1940

5 octubre 1940
30 octubre 1940

20 pilots and various mechanics from Scadta

Shipping circles have received a report that the German freighter Helgoland has been cornered in the Caribbean by British warships and sunk.

The Helgoland escaped from Puerto Colombia on October 30 [1940], and was believed to be making for Germany. She was sighted later in company with an unidentified warship. She carried 30 Germans, including 20 pilots and mechanics of the defunct Scadta airline, and most of her crew consisted of sailors from the freighter Hannover, which had been captured by a British warship. It was feared that the Helgoland might make for Martinique, and that her airmen might try to fly the 100 aeroplanes unloaded from the French aircraft carrier Beam.

The Argus (Melbourne)
18 November 1940
Reported Sunk
NEW YORK, Sunday (A.A.P.)