Soviet Air Force and Soviet Naval Air Force were fundamental in the blockade of the Finnish coasts, sinking merchants that violated the block.
25 December 1939 - Finnish battleship Ilmarinen damaged with 1 KIA, 2 WIA
1 January 1940 Finnish merchant Leo (1243 GRT) sunk at Turku
18 January 1940 Finnish armed icebreaker Tarmo severely damaged at Kotka, received two bombs from Pe-2 bombers with 39 KIA
Finnish troop transport Valamon Luostari sunk in Ladoga Lake
19 January 1940 Finnish merchant Kaija (398 GRT) sunk by Pe-2 bombers.
24 January 1940 Finnish merchant Notung (1278 GRT) sunk
6 February 1940 Swedish merchant Wirgo (709 GRT) sunk by Pe-2 bombers.
18 February 1940 Finnish merchant Rigel (1477 GRT), Bore III (1133 GRT) and Bore IV (1659 GRT) sunk
21 February 1940 Finnish icebreaker Voima damaged
Soviet Air Force and Soviet Naval Air Force were the key of the Soviet operations in Baltic Sea, aircrafts were more successful the submarines, warships and naval mines and their attacks caused an heavy toll to the enemy.
The beginning of the War saw all the aircrafts avaible to focus their actions in support of the ground forces. The Nazi advances had to slowed with every means and aircrafts as Il-2 or Pe-2 carried only few attacks in July against military ships in Gulf of Riga or sporading bombing in Finland.
6 July 1941 German pathmaker Sperrbrecher-6 damaged.
12 July 1941 German gunship SAT-3 August damaged at Domesnas Cape
13 July 1941 German ferry Deutschland sunk (also light damages on other units, including barges).
20 July 1941 Finnish icebreaker Murtaja damaged
23 July 1941 German auxiliary minesweeper R-3131 sunk by aerial-dropped mine.
26 July 1941 Finnish battleship Ilmarinen and gunboat Uusimaa damaged with 2 KIA and 14 WIA
26 July 191 German minesweeper R-169 sunk
27 July 191 German auxiliary minesweeper R-3131 sunk by aerial-dropped mine.
28 July 1941 German merchant Elbing-III (351 GRT) sunk.
8 August 1941 Finnish patrol boat VMV-17 damaged with 2 KIA and 2 WIA
Again all the aircraft avaible had to be focused in thwart the Luftwaffe. Fighter and bombers of the Naval Air Force fully committed with the anti-aircraft weapons on the ships to defend Leningrad during the siege and leaving the offensive operation to submarines.
However aircraft were present during the Battles of Someri (a defeat) and Suho (a victory) providing a decisive help in the last one.
18 June 1942 Finnish patrol boat VMV-15 damaged
8 July 1942 During the Battle of Someri Island, Soviet aircraft contribuited to the operations inflicting damages to
Finnish gunboat Hameenmaa (1 bombs from Pe-2 with 4 KIA, 9 WIA), Turunmaa (2 KIA, 8 WIA),
and also the German minesweepers M-18 and M-37 were damaged.
16 August 1942 German minesweeper R-106 sunk by Il-2.
Torpedo bombers in Action! 1943 was a bad year for the Soviet Baltic Fleet because submarines didn’t manage to penetrate the naval mine fields. Soviet Naval Air Force managed to deploy for the first time Il-4 bombers armed with torpedos that sunk at least 6 enemy merchants and Finnish escort ship (approx. 11.311tons of merchant shipping were lost by enemy). Despite the number of ships sunk was low compared the enemy naval activity, Soviet pilots acquired experience with torpedo launchs.
2 May 1943 Finnish gunboat Turunmaa sunk but later raised on 23 October and repaired.
6 June 1943 German merchant Heinrich von Plauenn (1744 GRT) sunk by Il-4
23 August 1943 Finnish merchant Hercules (5103 GRT) damaged by Il-4
2 September 1943 Swedish merchant Svea Reuter (1336 GRT) destroyed by Il-4
15 September 1943 German gunboat SAT-2 West sunk by bomber
16 September 1943 Finnish merchant Whiskey (unknown GRT) sunk by Il-4
16 September 1943 Finnish escort ship Uisko sunk by Il-4 with torpedo. 17 KIA
26 September 1943 German merchant Hildegard (1409 GRT) sunk by Il-4
30 September 1943 German merchant Zullchow-17 (397 GRT) sunk by Il-4
1 November 1943 German merchant Mareinburg (1322 GRT) sunk by Il-4
4 November 1943 German minesweeper M-16 sunk (later raised and repaired) while M-18, M-30, M-459 and M-460 were damaged. Finnish minelayer Lieska damaged, 2 KIA, 3 WIA, 40 mines lost.
19 November 1943 Finnish troop transport Pukkio damaged with a bomb of 12kg, 2 WIA
Counter-offensive is began! Soviet Naval Air Force and Soviet Air Force started to enjoy air superiority over sea, sinking or damaging many military units: many victims were patrols or minesweeper or little gunboats, but also larger and important warship were sunk or destroyed as the torpedo boat T-18, the destroyer Z-39 and the auxiliary cruiser Niobe. Other warships were damaged including the heavy cruiser Admiral Scheer. A new powerful aircraft used was the bomber A-20 Boston, an American aircraft that was loved by the Soviet Naval Air Force and used with effective results. Also 13 merchants were sunk with a loss of 32.837 tons
6 February 1944 Finnish patrol boat VMV-12 sunk in Helsinki
26 February 1944 Finnish patrol boat VMV-8 and motor torpedo boat Hurja sunk in Helsinki
10 April 1944 German minesweeper M-459 sunk and M-413 is heavily damaged
8 May 1944 German patrol ship V-1701 Units-II sunk at Narva Bay
19 May 1944 German mineswwper M-3121 sunk
25 May 1944 German submarine U-276 damaged with 3 casualties.
26 May 1944 German merchant Ingeborg (895tons) sunk by A-20
18 June 1944 Finnish patrol boat VMV-17 sunk at Tiurinsaari island with 6 KIA, VMV-15 damaged at Koivisto
20 June 1944 German gunboat AF-32 sunk, also R-boat escort ship Nettlebeck and minesweepers M-29, R-119 and R-120 are damaged.
German mine-transport Otter sunk (lost hundreds of mines) and three minesweepers damaged in the same attack.
21 June 1944 German minesweeper M-538 sunk at Viipuri, then raised by Germans but lost while on tow.
Finnish motor torpedo boat Tarmo sunk by Il-2 (1 KIA, 3 WIA), motor torpedo boat Tuuli damaged
and gunboat Aunus damaged too (with 5 KIA, 11 WIA) all at Oritsaari island.
23 June 1944 German destroyer Z-39 badly damaged by A-20 and towed to Kiel was again hit with another Soviet
bomb. Needed repair for 8 months until 14 February 1945 but neither returned operative and was
decommissioned in May 1945. Given to France after the war could not be repaired and was scrapped
for spare parts for other ex-German destroyers
26 June – 30 June 1944 Around these date, are all damaged the German minesweepers M-15, M-29, M-3112, the
landing barge F-194 and the anti-aircraft barge FJ-29.
4 July 1944 During the battle for Viipuri Bay, Finnish gunboats Hameenmaa, Uusimaa, Turunmaa and patrol boats
VMV-10 and VMV-11 were all damaged and forced to retreat with 13 KIA and 15 WIA
5 July 1944 Finnish gunboats Aunus and Viena were too damaged while defending Viipuri, and forced to retreat with 10 KIA and 13 WIA
15 July 1944 German merchant Hochsee (2245tons) sunk by 2 A-20
16 July 1944 Germain cruiser Niobe sunk by 4 A-20 bombers (with 7 standard bombs + 2 penetration bomb),
70 KIA, a large air formation of A-20 and Pe-2 was searching the last finnish coastal battleship but
found and sunk instead this anti-aircraft cruiser. Niobe was the first important enemy military
warship sunk by a soviet aircraft (the destroyer Z-39 was previously heavily damaged but not sunk).
The Niobe before … … and after the Soviet air attack.Íåìåöêèé êðåéñåð ÏÂÎ 'Íèîáå' äî è ïîñëå ñîâåòñêîé àòàêè.
18 July 1944 German landing craft F-498 sunk. Around this date to the end of the month, was sunk also F-273 and patrol ship V-1707 Wiking-IV. Were damaged (many after 20 July) minesweepers M-3, M-14, M-15, M-19, M-29, M-30, M-453, M-460, M-3114, patrol ship V-1705 and landing craft F-259
21 July 1944 German minesweeper M-20 sunk close to Narva and M-413 grounded and lost
25 July 1944 Finnish minelayers Vippula and Mercurius sunk by A-20 with torpedo, 5 KIA. These two ships were the most important military Finnish ships sunk by Soviet aircrafts.
August 1944 During different air attacks the German minesweepers M-14, M-443, M-3109, M-3128, M-3137, M-258, R-67 and the gunboat AF-21 and are damaged.
13 August 1944 German torpedo boat TF-11 sunk by torpedo bomber. The old unit was used as ship to recover torpedoes in training rather then torpedo boat.
1 September 1944 German minesweeper M-3144 sunk
15 September 1944 Soviet aircraft took part at the Battle of Suursari. 2 Il-2 and 1 SB-2 were shot down, but at least a landing craft was sunk by Soviet aircraft (and not Finnish artillery/ships).
16 September 1944 German submarine U-1014 damaged with 2 KIA and 3 WIA in Libau.
17 September 1944 German torpedo boat T-18 sunk by A-20 with 2 bombs and sunk (enemy believe by Il-2)
with 30 KIA; the first of the three operative torpedo boats (even if one was old) sunk by Soviet aircrafts, the previously sunk TF-11 was used for auxiliary duties.
21 September 1944 German minesweepers M-3153 and M-3155 sunk
22 September 1944 German transport Moero (5272tons) (655 soldiers aboard killed) sunk by A-20 bombers and
merchants Sumatra (9280tons), RO-22/Westplain (4370tons) and Malaga (2146tons) are damaged. Also the German torpedo boat T-20 was damaged.
24 September 1944 German merchant Meyersledge (828tons) sunk
9 October 1944 German merchants Iller (3290tons), Ingen Christphersen (1353tons) and Elbing I (466tons) sunk
15 October 1944 German merchant Erfurt (5347tons) sunk by torpedo bomber
24 October 1944 German destroyer Z-28 was badly damaged with 8 bombs hits. Had to be repaired until February 1945 and was then sunk by British bombing attack.
25 October 1944 German minesweeper M-3117 sunk
30 October 1944 German merchant Finland (5251tons) destroyed
31 October 1944 German transport Bremerhaven (5335tons) sunk with 410 killed
11 November 1944 German patrol ship V-1802 sunk
16 November 1944 German gunboats AF-22 and AF-26 sunk
19 November 1944 German gunboat AF-18 sunk and torpedo boat T-23 damaged.
23 November 1944 German battleship Admiral Scheer is attacked by waves of Soviet
aircrafts: first 8 Pe-2 hit the ship with a
bomb, then 3 A-20 fail to inflict other damage (one shot down and in air-to-air
battle 1 Yak-9 and 3 Me-109 are downed). A third wave of Il-2 hit the Admiral Scheer with another bomb and a
fourth attack (again of Il-2) score 2 hits. One last attack of Pe-2 force the
ship to escape, also the hydroplane Ar-196 of the battleship was shot down by soviet fighter. During
the same attack also the German minesweeper M-15, M-204 and M-328 are damaged.
Admiral Scheer under attack.
Òÿæåëûé êðåéñåð Àäìèðàë Øååð
28 November 1944 Germa torpedo boat T-10 damaged
7 December 1944 German patrol ship V-1606 Julius Fock sunk by A-20 with torpedo
14 December 1944 German merchants Erika Schunemann (1177tons), Minna Cords (951tons) and Inka (427tons) are sunk during a raid at Libau.
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The last year of war saw the effort to inflict the larger damage to the enemy fleet supporting the last German coastal operation and the evacuation of troops from besieged coastal pockets. A-20 torpedo bomber played again an important part but were supported by soviet-made Pe-2 bombers (that proved less effective) and Il-2 and Il-10 attackers (that scored some success against little targets). The number of enemy military target destroyed increased, including this last year a submarine, two hydroplanes-carriers, the battleship Schlesien, an auxiliary cruiser (Orion), two torpedo boats (T-36 and T-155), and two uncompleted aircraft carriers.
14 January 1945 German merchant Mimi Horn (3944tons) sunk by torpedo bomber
15 January 1945 German merchants Doggerbank (257tons) and Ferdinand (167tons) sunk
24 January 1945 German submarine U-763 sunk at Koeningsberg by Soviet air raid in harbor
30 January 1945 German destroyers Z-25 damaged. (Survived, after the war given to France)
5 February 1945 German gunship SAT-15 Polaris and submarine chaser UJ-307 sunk.
16 February 1945 German merchant Emsstorm (4517tons) sunk by torpedo bomber
17 February 1945 German merchant Eifel (1429tons) sunk
18 February 1945 German merchants Sangha (1923tons) and Fangturm (1923tons) damaged by bombers
6 March 1945 German depot ship Robert Molnring sunk at Sassnizt while helping the sinking destroyer Z-28, hit by British Aircrafts.
9 March 1945 German merchans Meteor e Jersbek sunk
11 March 1945 German merchant Borbeck (6002tons) sunk.
12 March 1945 German merchant Gerrit Fritzen (1761tons) sunk. German merchant Storman (1459tons)
damaged. Minesweeper M-3137 and submarine chaser UJ-303 sunk too, while patrol ship V-315
was hit by A-20 aircraft and then collided and sunk with a merchant, also submarine chaser
UJ-320 was hit by A-20 and sunk the day later.
18 March 1945 German gunship LAT-24 Orion sunk, minesweeper R-227 sunk by A-20 aircraft. Also the
merchant Orion (1172tons) (wame name of the gunship but different ship) was sunk and the
merchant Ellen (1593tons) damaged
19 March 1945 German merchant Lisa Essberger (1172tons) damaged
22 March 1945 German merchants Frankfurt (1186tons) and Rober Muller 7 (985tons) sunk. German patrol ship
V-326 sunk by A-20 aircraft
24 March 1945 German merchant Butyardingen (466tons) sunk.
25 March 1945 German patrol ship DC-07 Gretel sunk.
26 March 1945 German merchants Bille (665tons), Weser (999tons) and Sassnits (964tons) sunk.
German minesweepers R-145, R-260 and patrol ship V-310 all sunk by A-20 aircrafts.
The wreck if the merchant Sassnits burning.Ãîðÿùèé òðàíñïîðò Ñàññíèö
31 March 1945 German heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen damaged by Il-10 with rockets. 9 KIA
Prinz Eugen under attack. Bombers missed, before Il-10 hit her.Òÿæ¸ëûé êðåéñåð «Ïðèíö Îéãåí» ïîä àòàêîé
2 April 1945 German minesweeper R-256 and submarine chaser UJ-1101 sunk
4 April 1945 German torpedo boat T-155 sunk
7 April 1945 German merchants Flensburg and Wiegend sunk, also sunk minesweeper R-69
8 Aprile 1945 The large German auxiliary ship Franken (armed but used to resupply-ship) was sunk
Hydroplanes-carriers Hans Albrecht Wedel and Boden are sunk. Submarine chaser UJ-301 sunk
German merchants Vale (5950tons) and Weserstein (1923tons) sunk. Destroyer Z-31 damaged by Il-2
The Hans Albrecht Wedel on fire.Ãèäðî-àâèàíîñåö (êîðàáëü àâèàöèîííîãî îáåñïå÷åíèÿ) Ãàíñ Àëüáðåõò Âåäåëü â îãíå
9 April 1945 German uncompleted aircraft carrier Weser (ex hevy cruiser Seydlitz) was destroyed by a Soviet raid in Koeningsberg harbo was not recovered.
German merchants Albert Jensen (5446tons) and Mendoza (5193tons) sunk
11 April 1945 German merchants Moltkefels (7862tons) ( 500 KIA) , Posen (1069tons) (300 KIA)
sunk while evacuating troops, Wiegand (5869tons), Frida (722tons) and Adria (6348tons) are
damaged. Among the escort were sunk submarine chaser UJ-1102, the training vessel TS-10 and minesweeper M-367.
13 April 1945 German merchant Karlsruhe (897tons) sunk by A-20 with torpedo, 970 KIA (was carrying troops).
18 April 1945 German escort Drache sunk with two bombs, also the Robert Mueller was hit and then finished by a torpedo bomber.
16 April 1945 German merchant Cap Guir (1536tons) sunk, 756 KIA (troops) and Gotha (5445tons) damaged
18 April 1945 German merchant Robert Muller 6 sunk.
19 April 1945 German merchant Altengamme (5897tons) sunk
20 April 1945 German merchant Koeningsberg (180tons) and patrol ship V-215 sunk
24 April 1945 German merchant Huelva (1923tons) sunk by torpedo bomber
27 April 1945 German destroyer Z-31 damaged. After the war will be given to British
1 May 1945 German armed barges Wesflandern and Prinses Beatrix sunk at Bornholm
2 May 1945 German battleship Schlesien was already damaged by a British mine and was attacked by waves of
Soviet A-20 (with support of Il-2) aircrafts that hit her 2 bombs, causing the definitive loss of the ship.
This old veteran of the Jutland Battle during the WWI was the only battleship that was actually took out of action by a Soviet air raid during a naval operation.
The uncompleted German auxiliary aircraft carrier Gneisenau sunk.
German minesweeper M-387 and patrol ship V-2001 both sunk.
Ñòàðûé ãåðìàíñêèé ëèíêîð Ñèëåçèÿ
This old veteran of the WWI (had fought in Jutland Battle) was still a threat for his anti-coastal fire.
The abandoned battleship, sinking and with visible extensive damages caused by at least 2 soviet direct hits.
3 May 1945 German destroyer Z-28 damaged. After the war will be given to British.
German torpedo boat T-9 damaged. Then further damaged by British aircrafts and destroyed by crew.
4 May 1945 German auxiliary cruiser Orion sunk close Swinemunde after taking at least a bomb from A-20.
The unit had carried successful raids against Allied ships in other Seas, it was the last cruiser lost by enemy due soviet air attack and the second one that sunk because of it.
Ïîòîïëåííûé íåìåöêèé âñïîìîãàòåëüíûé êðåéñåð Îðèîí
The Orion sinking… … and here after being almost submerged showing her guns on the deck.
5 May 1945 German torpedo boat T-36 sunk with 2 bombs hit and 63 KIA, the last torpedo boat sunk by aircraft.
German merchant Ulrich Finistervalder (2947tons) damaged
6 May 1945 German motor torpedo boat S-226 scuttled after heavy damages.
7 May 1945 At least 6 ships and 40 fishing boats are reported sunk during an air raid on Bornholm island.
Unknown ship at Bornholm after Soviet air attack.
Íåèçâåñòíûé êîðàáëü ïîñëå ñîâåòñêîé âîçäóøíîé àòàêè.
8 May 1945 German gunship SAT-16 West Flanders and barge LAT-30 Reg.Beatrix were sunk
9 May 1945 German landing craft F-873 sunk by A-20 on Renoy River.
German merchant Liselotte Friedrich (517tons) sunk, 300 KIA
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