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Z13 Erich Koellner


Z13 Erich Koellner Destroyer

Service Data

In Service: 28 August 1939 to 13 April 1940

Production Data

Builder: F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel
Construction No: 539
Laid down: 12 October 1935
Launched: 18 March 1937
Commissioned: 28 August 1939

Technical Data

Type: Destroyer / Zerstörer
Class: Zerstörer 1934A

Displacement: 2,270 tons standard 3,190 tons full load
Length: 120 m
Beam: 11.3 m
Draft: 4.23 m
Propulsion: 2 × shafts 2 × Wagner geared turbines producing up to 70,000 shp
Speed: 38.7 knots
Range: 1,825 nautical miles at 19 knots
Crew: 325 men and officers
5 × 12.7 cm L/45 SK C/34
carried 600 rounds
4 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30
carried 8000 rounds
6 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 12000 rounds
8 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30 after mid 1942
carried 16000 rounds
8 × 53.3 cm torpedo tubes
8 torpedo's carried
4 × depth charge launchers
60 mines
Operators: Kriegsmarine

Other: Destroyers



28 August 1939
The destroyer Erich Koellner is commissioned.

22 February 1940
The destroyer Erich Koellner takes part in operation Wikinger (German sortie into the North Sea) along with Leberecht Maaß, Friedrich Eckold, Max Schulz, Richard Beitzen, and Theodor Riedel, They receive orders to proceed against British shipping at Dogger Bank. On the way there a Luftwaffe bomber attacks the destroyers, sinking the Lebercht Maas. During the rescue of Lebercht Maas crew, Max Schulz hits a mine and is lost with all hands

8 April 1940
The destroyer Erich Koellner takes part in operation Weserübung (Invasion of Denmark and Norway) along with Anton Schmitt, Wilhlem Heidkamp, Diether von Roeder, Erich Giese, Georg Thiele, Bernd von Arnim, Hans Lüdemann, Hermann Künne and Wolfgang Zenker.

13 April 1940
The destroyer Erich Koellner is sunk by British destroyers. 31 crew lost. Position 68° 24N 16° 48E.

The destroyer Erich Koellner is raised.

The destroyer Erich Koellner is broken up, and scrapped.


Sorry No Image AvailableAlfred Schulze-Hinrichs
Takes command on August 1939
Ends command on April 1940


Erich Koellner picture 2

Erich Koellner picture 3

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