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 and 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.


On 5 November 1942 the Z27 joined the heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper on a sortie into the Barents Sea. They were accompanied by the destroyers Richard Beitzen, Friederich Eckholdt, and Z30. While searching for convoy traffic at the far end of the patrol line, Z27 was alerted to the presence of a tanker by the Admiral Hipper's float plane and set off in pursuit. Z27 then encountered a Soviet sub chaser, which she sank. Z27 then rescued 43 Soviet survivors from the frigid waters. Having disposed of the Soviet sub chaser, the Z27 then caught up to and sank the Soviet tanker Donbass (8,000 grt) with three torpedoes. Z27 herself was later sunk in the Battle of the Bay of Biscay, southwest of Ushant, along with the torpedo boats T-25 and T-26, on 28 December 1943 by the Royal Navy 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 Gartzen. The Irish merchantman MV Kerlogue also rescued 168 from all three.


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