Lynx, built by Ateliers & Chantiers de la Seine Maritime for Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab in1925, sunk by Allied planes on a voyage in convoy Hamburg Hammerfest Sept. 19-1944. The pilot Charles Magnus Enoksen was killed onboard the Lynx. Beaufighter L of 144 squadron was hit by flak during the s
Could be rafts? Usually they are up in the shrouds, here they are hanging just below, or is in the front end at least. I guess you just release them with some ropes attached and then just jump and swim towards them, releasing them when you have gotten onto the raft. Stan would have known.
They are Norwegian nationality markings, the colours of the Norwegian flag. Together with the ship's name and nationality painted with big letters midships they were intended to indicate to allied pilots that the ship was Norwegian and not German (like neutrality markings).
You are correct, here she is photographed with her markings. http://www.stp-norway.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=4500&start=0&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&view=print
A bit strange to me though, because the ship was under German command, with German officers and was part of a German convoy. And - as can be observed in this picture - the Allies did not give much for that kind of "neutrality" anyway - most certainly not in 1944.
I wonder what a Norwegian in a British plane would have done, if recognising the ship as Norwegian crewed. I have never heard of anybody being in that dilemma, and I have only heard of Norwegians serving in the RAF as pure fighter pilots, but it is imaginable. They often attacked transportation material of every kind on land...
Norwegians who sailed in the "home fleet," nearly all who sailed in it simply because the were in a German controlled harbour when the war started, were all denied the right to work as sailors after the war, btw.
Since writing the foregoing I have found out that in February 1942 two Norwegian crewed MTB's sank two Norwegian cargo ships while in a raid on the Norwegian coast.
The Germans did not bother too much about a neutral Countries shipping either when Irish vessels sailed in the Allied Convoys across the Atlantic. I am sure there would be a lot of thought given by Crews attacking their own Country and fellow Countrymen either at sea or on land.
According to the Law of War at Sea, a neutral vessel in a belligerant`s convoy is subject of attack. Moreover, neutrals should steam with maximum markings, including plenty of lights at night, something absolutely forbbiden in a convoy.