Ship Class1936B-class Destroyer
BuilderDeutsche Schiff- und Maschinenbau AG
Yard Number1030
Slip/Drydock NumberX
Ordered1 Aug 1942
Laid Down1 Aug 1942
Launched20 Jan 1944
Sunk29 Jul 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 shaft horsepower
Speed36 knots
Range2,600nm at 19 knots
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


ww2dbaseZ44 was laid down by the DeSchiMAG shipyard in Bremen, Germany in Sep 1943, but the lack of priority meant her progress was slow right from the start. She was launched in Jan 1944, but completion work continued to be slow. On 24 Jul 1944, it was decided that the Z44 project was to be abandoned, and her parts were to be removed to repair destroyer Z39. A few days later, she was sunk by a British RAF raid on Bremen. In early Sep 1944, her stern broke off, and she became untouched until she was scrapped in place between 1948 and 1949.

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1 Aug 1942 The keel of Z44 was laid down at the DeSchiMAG shipyard in Bremen, Germany.
20 Jan 1944 Z44 was launched by the DeSchiMAG shipyard in Bremen, Germany.
24 Jul 1944 In Bremen, Germany, the equipping work of Z44 was halted, and her parts were to be removed to repair destroyer Z39.
29 Jul 1944 Destroyer Z44 was sunk by a British RAF raid on Bremen, Germany.

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