10 June 1943 to 8 August 1944
27 June 1942
10 June 1943
1940 Type Minesweeper/Minensuchboot
M 261 Class
543 tons standard 775 tons full load
2 × vertical 3 cylinder triple expansion
engines producing up to 2,150 shp
4,000 nautical miles at 10 knots
65 men and officers
1 × 10.5 cm L/45
carried 120 rounds
1 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30
carried 2000 rounds
2 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 4000 rounds
7 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30 after 1941
carried 14000 rounds
The M 438 Minesweeper (Minensuchboot) was built in the 1940s
shipyard located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands as a minesweeper or escort vessel for the Kriegsmarine.
Construction was transverse frame of steel construction,
which was partly welded, this vessel also had eleven watertight
compartments and a double bottom with hard chine foreship and tug stern. The superstructure, Bridge etc was armored
up to 10 mm in thickness. The propulsion system installed
in these vessels was the two vertical three cylinder triple
expansion engines. And when used as minesweepers the Kabel
Fern Raum Gerat (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 10. Minensuchflottille during World
10 June 1943
The Minesweeper M 438 is commissioned.
The Minesweeper M 438 becomes operational with the 10. Minensuchflottille.
8 August 1944
The Minesweeper M 438 is sunk after being attacked by Allied
aircraft at 1840 hrs, near Noirmoutier along with M366
, M 367
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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