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Drache

Minelayer




Drache Minelayer

Service Data

In Service: 1941 to 22 September 1944

Production Data

Ordered:
Builder: Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg
Construction No:
Laid down:
Launched: 22 June 1929
Commissioned: 1941

Technical Data

Type: Minelayer / Minenleger
Class:

Displacement: 1,870 tons
Length: waterline 76.50 m overall
Beam: 13.70 m
Draft: 4 m
Propulsion:
Propellers:
Speed: 15 knots
Range:
Crew: men and officers
Armament:
2 × 8.8 cm L/45 SK C/30
5 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30
13 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
120 mines
Armour
Aircraft: Flettner Fl 282 helicopter
Electronics:
Operators: Kriegsmarine
Variants:

Other: Minelayers
Articles:

History



Career

17 April 1941
The Zmai is captured by the Germans.

1941
The Zmai is renamed Drache and commissioned 1941
The Drache is used by the Luftwaffe as an aircraft salvage ship.

25 November 1941
The Drache is converted to a minelayer.

1942 The Drache is damaged by fire after being attacked by aircraft.

22 September 1944
The minelayer Drache is sunk after an internal explosion.
Position 37 45N 26 59E, 11 crew lost.

Commanders



Gallery

Flettner 282 landing on the Drache picture 1
Flettner 282 landing on the Drache 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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