Z43 file photo [30707]

Z43

CountryGermany
Ship Class1936B-class Destroyer
BuilderDeutsche Schiff- und Maschinenbau AG
Yard Number1029
Slip/Drydock NumberII
Ordered17 Feb 1942
Laid Down1 May 1942
Launched22 Sep 1943
Commissioned24 Mar 1944
Displacement2,559 tons standard; 3,599 tons full
Length417 feet
Beam39 feet
Draft14 feet
MachinerySix Wagner water-tube boilers, two Wagner geared steam turbine sets, two propellers
Bunkerage835t fuel oil
Power Output69,000 SHP
Speed36 knots
Range2,600nm at 19 knots
Crew336
Armament5x12.7cm 45cal SK C/34 guns, 2x2x3.7cm 80cal SK C/30 anti-aircraft guns, 3x4x2cm 65cal C/30 guns, 3x1x2cm 65cal C/30 guns, 2x4x53.3cm torpedo tubes, 4x depth charge launchers, 74 mines

Contributor:

ww2dbaseDestroyer Z43 was built by the DeSchiMAG shipyard in Bremen, Germany. Completed in Apr 1944, she was commissioned into service in the following month under the command of Fregattenkapit├Ąn Carl Heinrich Lampe. In Oct 1944, she was assigned to the 6th Destroyer Flotilla. Between 20 and 24 Nov 1944, Z43 and the flotilla accompanied heavy cruisers Admiral Scheer and Prinz Eugen to shell Soviet positions during the evacuation of the S├Árve (German: Sworbe) peninsula on the Estonian island of Saaremaa (German: ├ľsel). In mid-Dec 1944, she and the flotilla laid mines off the Estonian coast; during this action, she lost her sister ships Z35 and Z36 as they accidentally ventured into a German minefield 2.5 miles to the north. In Jan and early Feb 1945, Z43 escorted convoys between Gotenhafen, Germany (occupied Gdynia, Poland) and Liep─üja (German: Libau), Latvia. Later in that month, Z43 provided gunfire support for a German counterattack launched near Peyse and Gro├č-Heydekrug near K├Ânigsberg, Germany (now in Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia). In late Feb, she escorted ocean liner SS Hamburg to Sassnitz on the Jasmund peninsula on R├╝gen Island, Germany. In early Mar, she escorted heavy cruisers Admiral Scheer and L├╝tzow from Danzig Bay to Swinem├╝nde, Germany. Between 11 and 18 Mar 1945, she shelled Soviet positions near Kolberg, Germany (now Ko┼éobrzeg, Poland) as German forces evacuated the city. Between 27 Mar and Apr 7 1945, she joined L├╝tzow and other ships in the shelling of Soviet positions on the coast of Danzig Bay. On 10 Apr 1945, she struck a mine, which blew a 15-meter by 4-meter hole in her hull and broke her keel, flooding the center and aft boiler rooms. Torpedo boat T33 towed her some distance before emergency repairs restored enough power for her to sail to Rostock, Germany for repairs. On 2 May, she parted with her anti-aircraft weaponry and some of her sailors in the Warnem├╝nde area to bolster local defenses. On the following day, 3 May 1945, she was scuttled at Kiel, Germany to prevent Allied capture.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia

Destroyer Z43 Interactive Map

Z43 Operational Timeline

17 Feb 1941 The order for destroyer Z43 was issued.
1 May 1942 The keel of Z43 was laid down by the DeSchiMAG shipyard in Bremen, Germany.
22 Sep 1943 Z43 was launched by the DeSchiMAG shipyard in Bremen, Germany.
24 May 1944 Z43 was commissioned into service with Fregattenkapit├Ąn Carl Heinrich Lampe in command.
20 Nov 1944 Admiral Scheer, Prinz Eugen, Z35, Z36, and Z43 began shelling Soviet positions during the evacuation of the S├Árve (German: Sworbe) peninsula on the Estonian island of Saaremaa (German: ├ľsel).
24 Nov 1944 Admiral Scheer, Prinz Eugen, Z35, Z36, and Z43 completed shelling Soviet positions during the evacuation of the S├Árve (German: Sworbe) peninsula on the Estonian island of Saaremaa (German: ├ľsel).
11 Dec 1944 After sundown, German destroyers Z35, Z36, and Z43 and torpedo boat T28 began laying a new minefield off the Estonian coast, planning to deploy 68 mines each. Torpedo boat T23 provided escort for the group.
27 Feb 1945 Z43 escorted ocean liner SS Hamburg to Sassnitz on the Jasmund peninsula on R├╝gen Island, Germany.
7 Mar 1945 Z43 escorted heavy cruisers Admiral Scheer and L├╝tzow from Danzig Bay to Swinem├╝nde, Germany (now ┼Üwinouj┼Ťcie, Poland).
11 Mar 1945 Z43 began shelling Soviet positions near Kolberg, Germany (now Ko┼éobrzeg, Poland).
18 Mar 1945 Z43 completed the shelling Soviet positions near Kolberg, Germany (now Ko┼éobrzeg, Poland) as German forces completed the city's evacuation.
27 Mar 1945 Heavy cruiser L├╝tzow, destroyer Z43, and other German ships began shelling Soviet positions on the coast of the Danzig Bay.
7 Apr 1945 Heavy cruiser L├╝tzow, destroyer Z43, and other German ships completed the shelling Soviet positions on the coast of the Danzig Bay.
9 Apr 1945 Z43 was struck by a Soviet bomb, but it failed to detonate.
10 Apr 1945 Z43 struck a mine, which blew a 15-meter by 4-meter hole in her hull and broke her keel, flooding the center and aft boiler rooms. Torpedo boat T33 towed her some distance before emergency repairs restored enough power for her to sail to Rostock, Germany for repairs.
2 May 1945 Z43 provided gunfire support in the Warnem├╝nde area of Rostock, Germany, while unloading her anti-aircraft weaponry to local troops. Before departing for Kiel, Germany, she also provided some of her sailors to act as naval infantry.
3 May 1945 Z43 was scuttled at Kiel, Germany to prevent Allied capture.




Did you enjoy this article? Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this article with your friends:

 Facebook
 Reddit
 Twitter

Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds




Posting Your Comments on this Topic

Your Name
Your Email
 Your email will not be published
Comment Type
Your Comments
Security Code
 

 

Note: We hope that visitor conversations at WW2DB will be constructive and thought-provoking. Please refrain from using strong language. HTML tags are not allowed. Your IP address will be tracked even if you remain anonymous. WW2DB site administrators reserve the right to moderate, censor, and/or remove any comment. All comment submissions will become the property of WW2DB.

Search WW2DB & Partner Sites
More on Z43
Event(s) Participated:
» East Prussian Offensive
» East Pomeranian Offensive



Famous WW2 Quote
"Goddam it, you'll never get the Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me!"

Captain Henry P. Jim Crowe, Guadalcanal, 13 Jan 1943