Information About German Air Attacks
|USSR||Ref. No: 3/NHF/T1630 (of 20/2/64)|
Copy No: 200
INFORMATION ABOUT GERMAN AIR ATTACKS (1940)
3 Aug 40
To JOHN [i].
1. On 26th July the SAUSAGE-DEALERS [KOLBASNIK] [ii] for the first time made a joint attack on shipping with torpedo boats and aircraft. At first 30 aircraft bombed the ships, coming in [to the attack] [a] one by one. Shortly after the air attack, 9 torpedo boats attacked the same ships laying a smoke screen against
[24 groups unrecovered]
2. [B% On 28th July] Me. 109s were [b] used as dive bombers. They carry one bomb and [fly] [a] in open formation at a height of 9,000 metres.
3. On 29th July 30 Ju. 87s and 50 Messerschmitts bombed DOVER and shipping. Ju 87s in a group by 8
[27 groups unrecovered]
The British fired at them with Bofors [c] and Lewis guns.
4. At night the SAUSAGE-DEALERS have begun the make frequent hedge-hopping flights in order to avoid the searchlights. (From Press Sources) [d].
DICK [DIK] [iii]
[b] The present tense was used. The explanation may be that this was a direct quotation from a report.
[c] This was mis-spelt 'Bofort'. The same mis-spelling occurs in the original text of LONDON's No. 943 of 26th August, 1940 (3/NHF/T1468).
[d] Not clear whether this applies only to para. 4 or to the whole report.
[ii] SAUSAGE-DEALER: Code-word for a German.
[iii] DICK: Unidentified LONDON signatory.
Source: United States National Security Agency
Added By: C. Peter Chen
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