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Z24 Destroyer

Service Data

In Service: 26 October 1940 to 25 August 1944

Production Data

Builder: Deschimag, Bremen
Construction No: 958
Laid down: 2 January 1939
Launched: 7 March 1940
Commissioned: 26 October 1940

Technical Data

Type: Destroyer / Zerstörer
Class: Zerstörer 1936A "Narvik"

Displacement: 2,603 tons standard 3,605 tons full load
Length: 127 m
Beam: 12 m
Draft: 4.65 m
Propulsion: 2 × shafts 2 × Wagner geared turbines producing up to 70,000 shp
Speed: 37.5 knots
Range: 2,500 nautical miles at 19 knots
Crew: 330 men and officers
4 × 15 cm L/48 SK C/36
carried 600 rounds
5 × 15 cm L/48 SK C/36 after 1944
carried 480 rounds
4 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30
carried 8000 rounds
5 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 10000 to 14000 rounds
16 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30 after 1942
carried 24000 to 32000 rounds
8 × 53.3 cm torpedo tubes
12 × torpedo's carried
60 mines
Operators: Kriegsmarine

Other: Destroyers



26 October 1940
The destroyer Z24 is commissioned.

2 May 1942
The destroyer Z24 attacked the British cruiser HMS Edinburgh along with Herman Schoemann and Z25 whilst she was under tow to Kola Fjord. During this action the destroyer Herman Schoemann was sunk. Position 73° 30N 35° 10E.

25 August 1944
The destroyer Z24 is sunk by the British RAF. Position 45° 31N 01° 06W.

The destroyer Z24 is raised and broken up, and scrapped.


Sorry No Image AvailableMartin Salzwedel
Takes command on October 1940
Ends command on October 1943

Sorry No Image AvailableCarl-Heinz Birnbacher
Takes command on December 1943
Ends command on August 1944


Z24 picture 2

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