1940 to 8 December 1944
28 September 1940
1936-42 Type R-boat/Räumboot
tons standard 135 tons full load
2 × MWM 6 × cylinder 4 stroke
diesel engines producing up to 1,800 ehp
2 × Voith-Schneider
900 nautical miles at 15 knots
38 men and officers
6 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 6000 rounds
The R56 R-boat (Räumboot) was built in the 1940s by Abeking
shipyard located in Lemwerder, Germany as a minesweeper or escort vessel for the Kriegsmarine.
And which served in the 5.
during the Second World War.
The R-boat R56 is commissioned.
The R-boat R56 becomes operational with the 5.
9 December 1943
The R-boat R56 is sunk after being attacked by Allied aircraft,
off the north coast of Norway.
The R-boat R56 is refloated and refitted and recommissioned.
8 December 1944
The R-boat R56 is sunk after being attacked by a British
fighter bomber, off Bomlofjord.
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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