Z18 Hans Ludemann

CountryGermany
Ship Class1936-class Destroyer
Builder NameDeutsche Schiff- und Maschinenbau AG
Yard Number920
Slip/Drydock NumberII
Ordered6 Jan 1936
Laid Down9 Sep 1936
Launched1 Dec 1937
Commissioned8 Oct 1938

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Alan Chanter says:
17 Jul 2019 02:04:08 AM

The Lüdemann was the last of Captain Bey’s Fourth Flotilla to be sunk during the Second Battle of Narvik. Chased up the fjord by Royal Navy destroyers, she was discovered abandoned and on fire a mile or two beyond Soldvika. Armed boats’ crews were sent across to board her (raising the White Ensign over the Nazi flag) before searching the destroyer for documents. But, before abandoning her the German Captain had burnt all documents, as a heap of charred paper on the bridge soon revealed. Though still upright, the Lüdemann was hard aground with her engine room flooded. Salvage was beyond the capacity of the British force and, with fire threatening to explode depth charges, she was regretfully left after the Ensign had been removed, and a torpedo put into her to ensure her total destruction.

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