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Z16 Friedrich Eckoldt

Destroyer




Z16 Friedrich Eckoldt Destroyer

Service Data

In Service: 2 August 1938 to 31 December 1942

Production Data

Ordered:
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Construction No: 505
Laid down: 14 November 1935
Launched: 21 March 1937
Commissioned: 2 August 1938

Technical Data

Type: Destroyer / Zerstörer
Class: Zerstörer 1934A

Displacement: 2,239 tons standard 3,165 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
Propellers:
Speed: 38.7 knots
Range: 1,825 nautical miles at 19 knots
Crew: 325 men and officers
Armament:
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
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Career

2 August 1938
The destroyer Friedrich Eckoldt is commissioned.

8 October 1939
The destroyer Friedrich Eckoldt patrol the Atlantic along with the battleship Gneisenau, and light cruiser Köln and destroyers Max Schulz, Friedrich Ihn, Diether von Roeder, Theodor Riedel, Paul Jakobi, Bernd von Arnim, Erich Steinbrinck and Wilhlem Heidkamp.

6 to 7 January 1940
The destroyer Friedrich Eckold carries out mine laying operations against the Thames estuary. Along with the destroyers Friedrich Ihn, Richard Beitzen, Erich Steinbrinck, Hermann Schoemann and Karl Galster.

10 to 11 January 1940
The destroyer Friedrich Eckold carries out mine laying operations against Newcastle. Along with the destroyers Anton Schmitt, Karl Galster, Wilhlem Heidkamp, Friedrich Ihn and Richard Beitzen.

9 to 10 February 1940
The destroyer Friedrich Eckold carries out mine laying operations along with the destroyers Hermann Schoemann, Wilhlem Heidkamp Richard Beitzen, Theodor Riedel and Max Schulz.

22 February 1940
The destroyer Friedrich Eckold takes part in operation Wikinger (German sortie into the North Sea) along with Erich Koellner, Leberecht Maaß, 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

4 to 11 July 1941
The destroyer Friedrich Eckold is transferred to Kirkenes along with the rest of 6th destroyer flotilla Herman Schoemann, Richard Beitzen, Karl Galster, and Hans Lody.

12 to 16 July 1941
The destroyer Friedrich Eckold carries out operations along with the rest of 6th destroyer flotilla Herman Schoemann, Richard Beitzen, Karl Galster, and Hans Lody. And sink two Russian patrol boats.

22 to 24 July 1941
The destroyer Friedrich Eckold carries out operations along with the rest of 6th destroyer flotilla Herman Schoemann, Richard Beitzen, and Karl Galster. And sink one Russian patrol boat and one floatplane.

4 to 5 August 1941
The destroyer Friedrich Eckold escorts troop ships in North Norway along with Richard Beitzen.

31 December 1942
The destroyer Friedrich Eckold is sunk by British cruisers HMS Sheffield and HMS Jamaica After sinking the minesweeper HMS Bramble, The destroyer Friedrich Eckold mistook the British light cruiser HMS Sheffield for the German heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper and was taken completely by surprise when the cruiser opened fire. all crew lost. Position 77° 19N 30° 47E.

Commanders

Sorry No Image AvailableAlfred Schemmel
Takes command on July 1938
Ends command on February 1941


Sorry No Image AvailableRudolf Menge
Takes command on February 1941
Ends command on May 1941


Sorry No Image AvailableAlfred Schemmel
Takes command on May 1941
Ends command on September 1941


Sorry No Image AvailableRudolf Menge
Takes command on September 1941
Ends command on October 1941


Sorry No Image AvailableAlfred Schemmel
Takes command on October 1941
Ends command on July 1942


Sorry No Image AvailableLutz Gerstung
Takes command on August 1942
Ends command on December 1942


Sorry No Image AvailableHerbert Bachmann
Takes command on December 1942
Ends command on December 1942


Gallery

HMS Sheffield

HMS Jamaica

HMS Bramble

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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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