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R32

R-boat




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Service Data

In Service: 1938 to 13 November 1944

Production Data

Ordered:
Builder: Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder
Construction No: 3236
Laid down:
Launched: 27 October 1938
Commissioned: 1938

Technical Data

Type: 1937-43 Type R-boat/Räumboot
Class: R25 Class

Displacement: 110 tons standard 126 tons full load
Length: 35.4 m
Beam: 5.55 m
Draft: 1.42 m
Propulsion: 2 × MWM RS 127 Su 6 × cylinder 4 stroke diesel engines producing up to 1,836 ehp
Propellers: 2 × Voith-Schneider
Speed: 23.5 knots
Range: 1,100 nautical miles at 15 knots
Crew: 20 men and officers
Armament:
1 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30 later
carried 1000 rounds
2 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 2000 rounds
10 mines
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Operators: Kriegsmarine
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History

The R32 R-boat (Räumboot) was built in the 1930s by Abeking & Rasmussen shipyard located in Lemwerder, Germany as a minesweeper or escort vessel for the Kriegsmarine.

And which served in the 2. Räumbootsflottille during World War II.

And after the surrender of Germany was employed in the German Mine Sweeping Administration (GMSA) which was controlled by the allies.

Career

1938
The R-boat R32 is commissioned.

1938
The R-boat R32 becomes operational with the 2. Räumbootsflottille.

1945
The R-boat R32 serves with the German Mine Sweeping Administration (GMSA).

13 November 1944
The R-boat R32 is sunk after being attacked by Allied aircraft, off Egersund.
Position 58 26N 06 00E.

1944
The R-boat R32 is refloated and undergoes refit, and recommissioned.

1 December 1945
The R-boat R32 is seized as a prize of war by the Danish.

1947
The R-boat R32 is cannibalised and broken up, and scrapped.

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Sources

German Warships, 1815-1945: Major Surface Vessels.
ISBN-10: 0851775330

German Warships, 1815-1945: U-boats and Mine Warfare Vessels.
ISBN-10: 155750301X

German warships of the Second World War.
ISBN-10: 0668040378

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