Westfalen file photo [29616]

Westfalen

CountryGermany
Builder NameTecklenborg Werft
Yard Number208
Launched14 Nov 1905
Commissioned30 Dec 1906
Sunk7 Sep 1944
Displacement5,098 tons standard
Length409 feet
Beam53 feet
Draft28 feet
Machinery1 quadruple expansion steam engine, 4 boilers, 1 screw
Power Output3,000 SHP
Speed12 knots
Crew54
Armament2x20mm anti-aircraft guns
Aircraft1x Dornier Wal or Do 18 flying boat
Aircraft Crane1
Aircraft Catapult1

Contributor:

ww2dbaseWestfalen was launched by the Tecklenborg shipyard in Geestemünde, Bremerhaven, Germany in 1905. In the early 1930s, she was converted into a seaplane tender to serve as a weather reporting and refueling station for Dornier Wal flying boats of Deutsche Luft Hansa, which carried mail between Europe and South America. She assisted in the first trans-Atlantic flight tests in 1933, and began supporting commercial mail flights in 1934. After the start of the European War in 1939, she served as a transport between Germany and Norway. On 7 Sep 1944, while carrying a number of Norwegian prisoners, she hit a mine and sank about 20 kilometers (about 12 miles) west-northwest of Gothenburg, Sweden, killing a number of the German crew and most of the Norwegians. 78 survived.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia

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14 Nov 1905 Westfalen was launched by the Tecklenborg shipyard in Geestemünde, Bremerhaven, Germany.
30 Dec 1906 Westfalen was completed.
28 Jul 1943 Westfalen departed Bodø, Norway, escorted by auxiliary trawler V 5717 Fritz Homann.
7 Sep 1944 Westfalen hit a mine and sank off Gothenburg Sweden.

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Deutsche Luft Hansa flying boat tender Westfalen in the Atlantic Ocean, 1933; note Wal flying boat




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Deutsche Luft Hansa flying boat tender Westfalen in the Atlantic Ocean, 1933; note Wal flying boat




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