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M 8


M 8 Minesweeper

Service Data

In Service: 11 January 1939 to 14 May 1943

Production Data

Builder: Flender-Werke AG, Lübeck-Siems
Construction No: 243
Laid down:
Launched: 29 September 1937
Commissioned: 11 January 1939

Technical Data

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

Displacement: 682 tons standard 874 tons full load
Length: 68.1 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 8 Minesweeper (Minensuchboot) was built in the 1930s by Flender-Werke AG shipyard located in Lübeck-Siems, 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 1. Minensuchflottille during World War II.


11 January 1939
The Minesweeper M 8 is commissioned.

The Minesweeper M 8 becomes operational with the 1. Minensuchflottille.

14 May 1943
The Minesweeper M 8 is sunk, after being engaged by the Royal Navies motor torpedo boats at 0400 hrs, near the Hook of Holland.
Position 52° 03' 0N 03° 51' 5E, 53 crew lost.



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