Petlyakov Pe-2 FT Kudalsfjellet, Varanger Finnmark
121 BBAP (Bomber Aviation Regiment) SNo 16/141 29.03 1943A force of five Petlyakovs took off for an attack on a German convoy at Syltefjord. Soon they were attacked by Bf 110's of 13.(Z)/ JG 5.
The aircraft was brought down from the mountain in 1989 and is now being restored at the Norwegian Airforce Museum, Bodø. Another Petlyakov, Pe-2 SNo 6/157 crashlanded at Svartnes
Tsjasovnikov got an "offer he could not refuse" by the Germans and became ferry flight pilot for the Luftwaffe. He was killed in an accident 03.09-44 when his Bf 109 G-14 (WNr.782159) crashed. source: Tor E Olsen's homepage
The Ju 88 (WNr.0881055 G2+LH. Stkz. DH+NT) belonged to 1.(F)/124. Along with a He 115 they were guarding the convoy. Uffz. Bernhard Meixner and his crew (Lt. Max Menzel, BF Obgfr. Georg Beck and BS Obgfr. Engelbert Beck) lost their lives when the aircraft crashed into Persfjord. source: ed North
The Convoy, bound for Kirkenes, was protected by Vorpostenboot 6109 (Nordwind). V 6103. V 6110. V 6112. V 5901. V 5902. V 5903. M 263. and R 55, 57, 89, 90. Air protection was performed by a Ju 88 (G2+LH) and a Heinkel 115.
The merchant ships were: D/S Hans Leonhardt, Valencia, Adolf Binder, Irmtraut Corde, Treuenfels, Altenfels, Itauri, Ajax and the Norwegian tanker "Klöveren". The convoy was attacked several times. The Russian U-boat S-55 (Kptlt. Suskin) managed to sink D/S "Ajax" (2297 BRT).
source: Birger Larsen