Sokrushitelnyi

CountryRussia
Ship ClassGnevny-class Destroyer
BuilderZhdanov Yard, Leningrad, Russia
Laid Down1 Jan 1935
Launched15 Aug 1936
Commissioned13 Aug 1938
Sunk22 Nov 1942
Displacement1612 tons standard; 2039 tons full
Length370 feet
Beam33 feet
Draft16 feet
MachineryThree watertube boilers, GTZA-24 geared turbines, 2 shafts
Power Output50500 SHP
Speed37 knots
Range2,640nm at 19 knots
Crew236
Armament4x130mm B-13 guns, 2x76.2mm 34-K AA guns, 2x45mm 21-K AA guns, 2x12.7mm DK machine guns, 3x2x533mm torpedo tubes, 60 mines, 25 depth charges

Contributor:

ww2dbaseSokrushitelnyi was a Project 7 destroyer designed to mimick contemporary Italian destroyers; unfortunately, she and her sister ships also inherited structural flaws commonly found in Italian ships. In 1941, she was assigned to the Soviet Northern Fleet. On 17 Nov 1942, she was assigned to convoy duty, probably with QP 15. On 20 Nov, she was caught in a storm. At 1430 hours on that day, she was hit by a large wave, tearing off her stern, which sank within ten minutes, killing six men. Other destroyers soon approached to take on her crew; 191 were saved, while an additional 30 were lost during the rescue effort. At 1530, the other destroyers in the convoy began to leave due to lack of fuel, leaving a crew of 13 to man Sokrushitelnyi. She was not seen again, probably sinking some time on 22 Nov. For the loss of the ship, her commanding officer was executed by firing squad and her executive officer was sent to a penal battalion. Poor quality repair from previous battle damage near the stern might be to blame for the stern breaking off so easily.

ww2dbaseSource: Warship 2009.

Sokrushitelnyi Operational Timeline

13 Aug 1938 Sokrushitelnyi was commissioned into service.




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