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"Graf Finckenstein"

Jan Mayen - WBS 4 Hinrich Freese.

Transport of Abwehr (German Intelligence Service) sponsored weather troop - Sonderkommando "Finckenstein" - to Jan Mayen. Departed Trondheim on 12th November, arrived at Jan Mayen 16th November. Same day discovered by Royal Navy cruiser HMS Naiad near Jameson Bukt and chased at high speed, before HMS Naiad came up to the trawler, the latter rounded Søraustkapp and ran herself aground. German personnel (5 officers and 17 men) rescued from the shore by RN trawlers HMT Wistaria and HMT Elm and later transferred to HMS Naiad who returned to Scapa Flow - arrived 18th November.

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