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Re: Freighter Altair
Groner's DIE DEUTSCHEN KRIEGSSHIFFE 1815-1945 Vol. 4 at p. 200-201 lists this ship. There is also a drawing that matches the model. It is listed as a U-boat supply ship based in Norway starting in February 1943. She was sunk at Kristiansand Norway in April 1943. No mention of the ship as a target ship.
I have a model of Altair (Hai 112) but I am having a hard time confirming anything about her. Searches on the internet have not born fruit. I found a mention in Worlds Merchant Fleets 1939 of a Dutch freighter under construction in Amsterdam, Altair, captured by the Germans and put into service in August 1941 as a "target" ship and later sunk by British aircraft in April 1943.
Can anyone elaborate on the career of the real Altair?