The historian found out the details of the shipwreck off the coast of Crimea in 1941
Military historian, consultant undersea research centre of the Russian geographical society (RGS) Alexander Skorbach, who studied the circumstances of the death of the ship "Armenia" in 1941, from German aircraft, explained the tragedy of coincidence: the Soviet fighter, "covering" the ship upon his departure from Yalta, distracted, chasing enemy aircraft.
The motor ship "Armenia" of the project "Adjara" was built in 1928 in Leningrad. A ship of 950 passengers were rebuilt as transports at Odessa in 1941. Is part of the cabins was organized, operating, and dressing, it was supposed to take about 400 wounded. The sixth of November 1941 in Sevastopol on Board went up a few thousand people: citizens, patients, doctors and staff of several hospitals, the part of the party leadership of the Crimea, members of the pioneer camp "Artek" and their families. In the panic of evacuation accurate count no lead.
According to published reports, "Armenia" left the port of Sevastopol, went to Balaclava and Yalta. The seventh of November the ship went in Tuapse, accompanied by two patrol boats, not waiting for the dark. A few hours later he attacked the enemy aircraft, the ship sank in four minutes. Of all passengers (up to 10 thousand people) survived one.
As told by the historian, the archive log data of the fighting indicate that Soviet fighters "covered" the ship "Armenia" at the exit from Yalta.
"The only one who could save "Armenia" - a pilots, this task was not performed... I think that did not save due to objective reasons, but the NKVD in 1941 might have a different opinion," the researcher said at a press conference in the online mode.
According to him, Soviet pilots chased the enemy aircraft, but to no avail, and when he returned, the ship already sank. In the case of the ship closer to the bow was hit by two bombs, added Skorbach.
"Armenia" was also accompanied by two patrol boats. According to the expert, in a violent storm, these ships could not use weapons against attacking "Armenia" of enemy aircraft and antiaircraft artillery of the ship "was not strong enough".
"This is a terrible coincidence," said Korbach.
As reported in April, the Russian geographical society, the place of death of the ship "Armenia" is set 15 miles off the Crimean coast. The object is on an even keel as one piece. The hull is covered with a layer of silt, but has no obvious holes, which eliminates the probability of death from falling torpedoes, as reported by the official version. The superstructure and decks have obvious signs of destruction – presumably the consequences of the explosions from the falling bombs.
Sunken ship especially actively searched for the last 20 years. During this time, researched more than 300 square kilometers of the seabed. Search takes the Russian defense Ministry. The study and identification of the vessel was attended by experts of undersea research Centre PRO.