6 August 1942 to 15 June 1944
3 December 1941
6 August 1942
1935/39 Type Minesweeper/Minensuchboot
M 1 Class
685 tons standard 878 tons full load
2 × Lentz uniform expansion engines producing up to 3,200 shp
5,000 nautical miles at 10 knots
90 men and officers
2 × 10.5 cm L/45
carried 480 rounds
2 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30
carried 3000 rounds
2 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 4000 rounds
4 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30 after 1942
carried 6000 rounds
The M 103 Minesweeper (Minensuchboot) was built in the 1940s
shipyard located in Wesermünde, Germany
as a minesweeper or escort vessel for the Kriegsmarine.
Construction was longitudinal and ransverse frame of steel construction,
which was partly welded, this vessel also had twelve watertight
compartments and a double bottom. The superstructure, Bridge
etc was made from light alloys. The propulsion system installed
in these vessels was the two Lentz uniform expansion engines.
And when used as minesweepers the Kabel Fern Raum Gerät
(KFRG) system was employed, which used generators producing
60 V, 20 kW to power the magnetic sweeping gear.
This vessel went on to serve in the 7. Minensuchflottille and 21. Minensuchflottille
during World War II.
6 August 1942
The Minesweeper M 103 is commissioned.
The Minesweeper M 103 served with the following flotilla's
7. Minensuchflottille and 21. Minensuchflottille.
15 June 1944
The Minesweeper M 103 is sunk after being attacked by Allied
aircraft, along with Gustav Nachtigal and Amerskerk at 0705
hrs, near the Ems estuary.
Position 53° 35N 06° 10E, 3 crew lost.
German Warships, 1815-1945: Major Surface Vessels.
German Warships, 1815-1945: U-boats and Mine Warfare Vessels.
German warships of the Second World War.
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