Rio De Janeiro


In April 1940 Rio de Janeiro leaves the harbor in Stettin with 200 soldiers from 307.Infantry division, 100 men from Luftwaffe, 80 horses and other military equipment. Rio was requisitioned in March 1940 by Kriegsmarine and sailed for 1.Seetransport staffel in Operation Weserübung, the German invasion of Norway. Outisde the Norwegian coastline she is hit by torpedoes 8.April 1940 from the Polish submarine ORP Orzel. Full panic emerged and the crew on the submarine watches in astonishment how many people there are on board. Many jumps over board in the cold water, while others throws out life buoys or other emergency material. Orzel now circles around her and several Norwegian vessels arrived to assist with rescuing the survivors. The last torpedo was fired and hit the transport on her port side at 13:15. This torpedo teared her in two parts and the bow immediately disappeared in the deep. The stern rised slowly and the propellers could be seen briefly before she finally went down. 183 men were rescued out of the water, and its believed that more than 150 men perished. The surviving Germans were taken in to Norway, and they told they were on their way to Bergen to help with the defense against a planned British-French invasion. The tensed political situation those days that had emerged in the months before could give a realistic picture of such a situation, considering the Altmark affair earlier and the British minefields that had been laid out at several locations along the coastline. The wreck of Rio de Janeiro was found in 2015 on a depth of 115 to 135 meter outside the city of Lillesand.

Former names:
Rio De Janeiro
Santa Ines
122,5x 16,8x 11,8 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
5177 grt
Vegesack ( D ) 1914 Stettin ( D )

Picture: Rio de Janeiro
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