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Z4 Richard Beitzen

Destroyer




Z4 Richard Beitzen Destroyer

Service Data

In Service: 13 May 1937 to 1947

Production Data

Ordered:
Builder: Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel
Construction No: 245
Laid down: 7 January 1935
Launched: 30 November 1935
Commissioned: 13 May 1937

Technical Data

Type: Destroyer / Zerstörer
Class: Zerstörer 1934

Displacement: 2,223 tons standard 3,156 tons full load
Length: 119.3 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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History



Career

13 May 1937
The destroyer Richard Beitzen iscommissioned.

1 September 1939
The destroyer Richard Beitzen carries out operations in the Danzig Beight along with Köln, Leipzig, and Nürnberg.

12 to 13 December 1939
The destroyer Richard Beitzen carries out mine laying operation against Newcastle. Along with the destroyers, Erich Steinbrinck, Bruno Heinemann, Friedirch Ihn and Hermann Künne. On the way back meet up with light cruisers Nürnberg, Leipzig and Köln. Nürnberg and Köln are both hit by torpedoes from the British submarine HMS Salmon escort the returning ships.

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

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

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

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

29 to 30 April 1940
The destroyer Richard Beitzen escorts the minelayers Roland, Preussen and Kaiser, Along with Bruno Heinemann and the torpedo boats Wolf, Möwe, Kondor and Leopard, during the course of laying mines the torpedo boat Leopard is rammed and lost by the mine layer Kaiser.

9 May 1940
The destroyer Richard Beitzen escorts the minelayers, Kaiser, Preussen, Roland and Corba, Along with Bruno Heinemann and Hermann Schoemann and the torpedo boat Greif plus three S-boats during the course of operation British aircraft are detected and the operation cancelled.

17 to 18 April 1940
The destroyer Richard Beitzen carries out mine laying operations in the North Sea along with the destroyers Bruno Heinemann and Hermann Schoemann.

19 to 20 April 1940
The destroyer Richard Beitzen carries out mine laying operations in the North Sea along with the destroyers Bruno Heinemann and Hermann Schoemann.

20 to 22 October 1940
The destroyer Richard Beitzen is transferred to Brest.

24 to 25 November 1940
The destroyer Richard Beitzen carries out operations against Plymouth along with the destroyers Hans Lody, Karl Galster, they engage several British patrol boats and sink two

28 to 29 November 1940
The destroyer Richard Beitzen carries out its second operation against Plymouth along with the destroyers Hans Lody, Karl Galster, they engage several British patrol boats and sink three.

21 January 1941
The destroyer Richard Beitzen is transferred to Rotterdam.

23 to 24 January 1941
The destroyer Richard Beitzen escorts the minelayers, Roland, Kaiser and Corba, while they carry out mine laying operations against the British South East Coast. Along with the torpedo boat Seeadler and Iltis.

28 to 30 January 1941
The destroyer Richard Beitzen is transferred to Brest along with torpedo boats Kondor, Seeadler and Iltis.

1 to 2 February 1941
The destroyer Richard Beitzen escorts heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper while leaving Brest. Along with the torpedo boat Seeadler and Kondor.

13 to 14 February 1941
The destroyer Richard Beitzen escorts heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper while returning to Brest. Along with the torpedo boat Seeadler and Kondor.

16 to 18 March 1941
The destroyer Richard Beitzen is transferred to Germany.

1 to 2 July 1941
The destroyer Richard Beitzen is transferred to Bergen along with Hans Lody.

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

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

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

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

9 to 10 August 1941
The destroyer Richard Beitzen carries out operations near Kola inlet. Along with Friedrich Eckold, and Hans Lody. And sinks one Russian patrol boat SKR 12 Tuman Richard Beitzen is damaged by coastal artillery.

14 to 17 August 1941
The destroyer Richard Beitzen is escorted by the torpedo boats Iltis and Seeadler.

14 to 17 January 1942
The destroyer Richard Beitzen escorts battleship Tirpitz to the Trondheimfjord. Along with Paul Jakobi, Bruno Heinemann and Z29.

18 to 20 January 1942
The destroyers Richard Beitzen returns to Germany along with Bruno Heinemann , Paul Jakobi and Z29.

24 to 26 January 1942
The destroyer Richard Beitzen is transferred to Le Havre along with Herman Schoemann, Paul Jakobi and Bruno Heinemann. During the journey Bruno Heinemann is struck by two mines and is lost.

27 to 28 January 1942
The destroyer Richard Beitzen is transferred to Brest along with Paul Jacobi.

1945
The destroyers Richard Beitzen is seized as a prize of war by the British.

1947
The destroyers Richard Beitzenis broken up, and scrapped.

Commanders

Hans-Joachim Gadow
Takes command on May 1937
Ends command on May 1938

Moritz Schmidt
Takes command on May 1938
Ends command on October 1939

Hans von Davidson
Takes command on November 1939
Ends command on January 1943

Hans Dominik
Takes command on January 1943
Ends command on January 1944

Walter Lüdde-Neurath
Takes command on April 1944
Ends command on June 1944

Rudolf Gade
Takes command on June 1944
Ends command on September 1944

Helmut Neuss
Takes command on September 1944
Ends command on May 1945

Gallery

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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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