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Z9 Wolfgang Zenker


Z9 Wolfgang Zenker Destroyer

Service Data

In Service: 2 July 1938 to 13 April 1940

Production Data

Builder: F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel
Construction No: 535
Laid down: 23 March 1935
Launched: 27 March 1936
Commissioned: 2 July 1938

Technical Data

Type: Destroyer
Class: Zerstörer

Displacement: 2,270 tons standard 3,190 tons full load
Length: 120 m
Beam: 11.3 m
Draft: 4.23 m
Propulsion: 2 × shafts 2 × Wagner geared turbines producing up to 70,000 shp
Speed: 38.7 knots
Range: 1,825 nautical miles at 19 knots
Crew: 325 men and officers
5 × 12.7 cm L/45 SK C/34
carried 600 rounds
4 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30
carried 8000 rounds
6 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 12000 rounds
8 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30 after mid 1942
carried 16000 rounds
8 × 53.3 cm torpedo tubes
8 torpedo's carried
4 × depth charge launchers
60 mines
Operators: Kriegsmarine

Other: Destroyers



2 July 1938
The destroyer Wolfgang Zenker is commissioned.

3 September 1939
The destroyer Wolfgang Zenker and her sister ship Leberecht Maaß engage Polish forces Gryf Polish minelayer, Wicher Polish destroyer, Polish coastal batteries at Hela. Leberecht Maaß sustained one hit.

8 April 1940
The destroyer Wolfgang Zenker takes part in operation Weserübung (Invasion of Denmark and Norway) along with Anton Schmitt, Wilhlem Heidkamp, Diether von Roeder, Erich Giese, Erich Koellner, Bernd von Arnim, Hans Lüdemann, Hermann Künne and Georg Thiele.

13 April 1940
The destroyer Wolfgang Zenker is scuttled and sunk, undamaged due to there being no ammuntion or fuel. Position 68° 25N 17° 55E.


Sorry No Image AvailableGottfried Pönitz
Takes command on July 1938
Ends command on April 1940


Wolfgang Zenker picture 2

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