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M 39


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Service Data

In Service: 5 May 1942 to 24 May 1944

Production Data

Builder: Atlas-Werke AG, Bremen
Construction No: 368
Laid down:
Launched: 8 August 1941
Commissioned: 5 May 1942

Technical Data

Type: 1935/39 Type Minesweeper/Minensuchboot
Class: M 1 Class

Displacement: 685 tons standard 878 tons full load
Length: 68.4 m
Beam: 8.7 m
Draft: 2.65 m
Propulsion: 2 × Lentz uniform expansion engines producing up to 3,200 shp
Propellers: 2
Speed: 18.3 knots
Range: 5,000 nautical miles at 10 knots
Crew: 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
30 mines
Armour 10 mm
Operators: Kriegsmarine

Other: Minesweepers


The M 39 Minesweeper (Minensuchboot) was built in the 1940s by Atlas-Werke AG shipyard located in Bremen, 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 6. Minensuchflottille and 7. Minensuchflottille during World War II.


5 May 1942
The Minesweeper M 39 is commissioned.

The Minesweeper M 39 served with the following flotilla's 6. Minensuchflottille and 7. Minensuchflottille.

24 May 1944
The Minesweeper M 39 is sunk after being attacked by British motor torpedo boats, at 0330 hrs, north-west of Ouistreham.
Position 49 21N 00 19W, 70 crew lost.



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