German destroyer Z27

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: Z27
Ordered: 23 April 1938
Builder: AG Weser (Deschimag), Bremen
Yard number: W961
Laid down: 27 December 1939
Launched: 1 August 1940
Completed: 26 February 1941
Fate: Sunk, 28 December 1943
General characteristics
Class & type: Type 1936A-class destroyer
Displacement: 2,543 long tons (2,584 t) (standard)
Length: 127 m (416 ft 8 in) o/a
Beam: 12 m (39 ft 4 in)
Draft: 4.43 m (14 ft 6 in)
Installed power: 70,000 shp (52,000 kW)
Propulsion: 2 × shafts
2 × Wagner geared steam turbine sets
6 × Wagner water-tube boilers
Speed: 36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph)
Range: 2,174 nmi (4,026 km; 2,502 mi) at 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph)
Complement: 336
Armament: 4 × 1 - 150 mm (5.9 in) guns
2 × 2 - 37 mm (1.5 in) anti-aircraft (AA) guns
5 × 1 - 20 mm (0.8 in) AA guns
2 × 4 - 533 mm (21 in) torpedo tubes
60 mines
Service record
Commanders: Karl Smidt

Z27 was a Type 1936A-class destroyer built for the Kriegsmarine during World War II.

Notes[edit]

She was sunk in the Bay of Biscay SW of Ushant along with the torpedo boats T-25 and T-26 on 28 December 1943 by the British cruisers HMS Glasgow and HMS Enterprise. The submarine U-618 picked up 21 survivors from Z-27, while U-505 rescued 33 men from T-25, including the commander, Korvettenkapitän Wirich von Gortzen. The Irish merchantman MV Kerlogue also rescued 168 from all three.

References[edit]

  • Gröner, Erich (1990). German Warships: 1815–1945. Volume 1: Major Surface Warships. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-790-9. 
  • Koop, Gerhard; Schmolke, Klaus-Peter (2003). German Destroyers of World War II. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-59114-307-1. 
  • Rohwer, Jürgen (2005). Chronology of the War at Sea 1939-1945: The Naval History of World War Two (Third Revised ed.). Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-59114-119-2. 
  • Whitley, M. J. (1991). German Destroyers of World War Two. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-302-8. 

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