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Pinguin HSK 5

Auxiliary Cruiser




Pinguin HSK 5 Auxiliary cruisers

Service Data

In Service: 6 February 1940 to 8 May 1941

Production Data

Ordered:
Builder: AG Weser, Bremen
Construction No:
Laid down: 1936
Launched:
Commissioned: 6 February 1940

Technical Data

Type: Auxiliary cruiser
Class: Hilfskreuzer (Raider), converted freighter

Displacement: 17,600 tons
Length: 155 m
Beam: 18.7 m
Draft: 8.7 m
Propulsion: 2 × 6 cylinder diesel engine producing up to 7,600 hp
Propellers: 1
Speed: 17 knots
Range: 60,000 nautical miles at 12 knots
Crew: 401 men and officers
Armament: 6 × 15 cm, 1 × 75 mm, 1 × 2 3.7 cm,
2 × 2 20 mm, 2 × 533 mm torpedoe tubes, 300 mines
Armour
Aircraft: 2 × Heinkel He 114 seaplanes
Electronics:
Operators: Kriegsmarine
Variants:

Other: Auxiliary cruisers
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History

The Pinguin was a German auxiliary cruiser (Hilfskreuzer) which was a commerce raider in World War II. The Pinguin was identified in the Kriegsmarine as Schiff 33, and labelled HSK 5. She was considered in the British Royal Navy as Raider F. On 8 May 1941, Pinguin was sunk by the HMS Cornwall. HMS Cornwall was able to rescue 60 crew members and 22 prisoners who were initially the crew of the 32 merchant ships the raider had previously sunk or captured.

Career

6 February 1940
The Pinguin is recommissioned.

Ole Wegger14 January 1940
The Pinguin captured the Norwegian whaling factory ship Ole Wegger (12,201 t)


Solglimt14 January 1940
The Pinguin captured the Norwegian whaling supply ship Solglimt (12,246 t)

14 January 1940
The Pinguin captured the Norwegian whaler Torlyn (247 t)

14 January 1940
The Pinguin captured the Norwegian whaler Pol VIII (298 t)

14 January 1940
The Pinguin captured the Norwegian whaler Pol IX (354 t)

14 January 1940
The Pinguin captured the Norwegian whaler Pol X (354 t)

Pelagos14 January 1940
The Pinguin captured the Norwegian whaling factory ship Pelagos (12,083 t)

14 January 1940
The Pinguin captured the Norwegian whaler Star XIV (247 t)

14 January 1940
The Pinguin captured the Norwegian whaler Star XIX (249 t)

14 January 1940
The Pinguin captured the Norwegian whaler Star XX (249 t)

14 January 1940
The Pinguin captured the Norwegian whaler Star XXI (298 t)

14 January 1940
The Pinguin captured the Norwegian whaler Star XXII (303 t)

14 January 1940
The Pinguin captured the Norwegian whaler Star XXIII (357 t)

14 January 1940
The Pinguin captured the Norwegian whaler Star XXIV (361 t)

31 July 1940
The Pinguin sinks the British freighter Domingo de Larrinaga (5,358 t)

27 August 1940
The Pinguin sinks the Norwegian tanker Filefjell (7,616 t)

27 August 1940
The Pinguin sinks the British tanker British Commander (6,901 t)

27 August 1940
The Pinguin sinks the Norwegian freighter Morviken (5,008 t)

12 September 1940
The Pinguin sinks the British freighter Benavon (5,872 t)

16 September 1940
The Pinguin captured the Norwegian freighter Nordvard (4,111 t)

7 October 1940
The Pinguin captured the Norwegian tanker Storstad (8,998 t)

7 November 1940
The Pinguin sinks the British passenger freighter Cambridge by mine (10,846 t)

9 November 1940
The Pinguin sinks the American freighter City of Rayville by mine (5,883 t)

19 November 1940
The Pinguin sinks the British freighter Nowshera (7,920 t)

20 November 1940
The Pinguin sinks the British freighter Maimoa (10,123 t)

21 November 1940
The Pinguin sinks the British freighter Port Brisbane (8,739 t)

30 November 1940
The Pinguin sinks the British freighter Port Wellington (8,303 t)

5 December 1940
The Pinguin sinks the British freighter Nimbin by mine (1,052 t)

26 March 1941
The Pinguin sinks the Australian fishing trawler Milimumul by mine (287 t)

25 April 1941
The Pinguin sinks the British freighter Empire Light (6,828 t)

28 April 1941
The Pinguin sinks the British freighter Clan Buchanan (7,266 t)

7 May 1941
The Pinguin sinks the British tanker British Emperor (3,663 t)

8 May 1941
The Pinguin sinks due to hitting a mine.

Commanders

Sorry no image availableErnst-Felix Krüder
Takes command on 6 February 1940
Ends command on 8 May 1941


Gallery

Ole Wegger picture 2

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Sources

German Warships, 1815-1945: Major Surface Vessels.
ISBN-10: 0851775330

German Warships, 1815-1945: U-boats and Mine Warfare Vessels.
ISBN-10: 155750301X

German warships of the Second World War.
ISBN-10: 0668040378

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