Ship ClassM-class Minesweeper
BuilderH. C. Stülcken Sohn
Yard Number727
Ordered3 Mar 1937
Laid Down6 Mar 1938
Launched16 Jan 1939
Commissioned7 Sep 1939
Sunk31 May 1944


ww2dbaseGerman minesweeper M13 was completed in Sep 1939. She was lost in May 1944.

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M13 Operational Timeline

5 Oct 1940 British submarine HMS Tigris spotted a group of Axis warships (Italian submarine Maggiore Baracca, Italian submarine Reginaldo Giuliani, German minesweeper M-9, German minesweeper M-13, and German auxiliary Cap Hadid) and fired four torpedoes at the distance of about 2,500 yards, about 20 miles west of the French coast at 0815 hours. All torpedoes missed the targets, but two of the torpedoes were detonated some distance after missing the targets. British commanding officer Lieutenant Commander Howard Bone had originally mistaken one of the German ships as a third submarine, thus even though all four torpedoes missed, having seeing only two submarines after the detonations Bone thought he had destroyed one enemy submarine. Maggiore Baracca arrived at Pauillac, France in the evening, ending her first war patrol.
31 Oct 1940 Leonardo da Vinci arrived at Bordeaux, France at 1900 hours, escorted into the harbor by German minesweepers M2 and M13.

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