At least two more Albacore crashed in this area. One ditched at Reinøysund. Albacore "5C" crashed east of Raudberget, all three onboard were killed in this crash.

Luftwaffe lost only two planes. One Ju 87, code L1+EW of IV.(LG 1).The Ju 87 was downed by Albacore N4307 4K (Lt J.N. Ball) of 827 Sqn. A Bf 110, code LN+DR WNr.4394, made a forced landing at sea. Pilot Lt.Karl Fritz Schlosstein and gunner Gfr.Gutsche were both rescued.

Strike on Kirkenes from HMS Victorious
Operation "EF". This attack on shipping at Petsamo and Kirkenes was a disaster for FAA. German AA-fire and Messerschmitt fighters of 14./JG 77 shot down eleven Albacores and two Fulmars in the Kirkenes attack. This Albacore crash landed at Steinland. The crew: Sub Lt.D Myles (POW). Sub Lt.A P Keep(POW). LA.H C Griffin(POW). One Albacore and two Fulmars were shot down at Petsamo(Finland). Altogether 22 aircrew became POWs and 14 killed. The three man crew of one Albacore (N4250) managed to escape to Russian lines.
827 Squadron: 12 Albacore 828 Squadron: 9 Albacore 809 Squadron: 12 Fulmar
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Bristol Taurus engine
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Rødberg torpedobatteri i Reinøysund, ligger like i nærheten av begge havariplassene. Batteriet ble aldri ferdigstilt, men er vel verdt et besøk.

German soldiers inspecting the wrecked Albacore shortly after the crash.

Fairy Albacore Steinland, Finnmark

827 Squadron Fleet Air Arm "HMS Victorious" N4389:4M 30.07 1941