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Torpedo Boat

Falke Torpedo boat

Service Data

In Service: 15 August 1927 to 15 June 1944

Production Data

Builder: Reichsmarinewerft, Wilhelmshaven
Construction No: 107
Laid down: 17 November 1925
Launched: 22 September 1926
Commissioned: 15 August 1927

Technical Data

Type: Torpedo boat
Class: Raptor

Displacement: 924 tons standard 1,290 tons full load
Length: 88.5 m
Beam: 8.3 m
Draft: 3.65 m
Propulsion: 2 × shaft geared steam turbines, 3 × boilers producing up to 24,829 shp
Propellers: 2
Speed: 33.6 knots
Range: 3,600 nautical miles at 17 knots
Crew: 129 men and officers
3 × 10.5 cm L/45 Tbts C/32
carried 300 rounds
4 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30
carried 8000 rounds
2 × 2 cm Flak L/65 C/39 before 1941
4 × 2 cm Flak L/65 C/39 after 1941
carried 8000 rounds
6 × 50 cm torpedo tubes before 1931
6 × 53.3 cm torpedo tubes after 1931
30 mines
Operators: Kriegsmarine

Other: Torpedo boats



15 August 1927
The torpedo boat Falke is commissioned.

23 May 1944
The torpedo boat Greif is attacked by aircraft and then collids with the torpedo boat Falke while on tow and sinks.

15 June 1944
The torpedo boat Falke is sunk along with Möwe, Jaguar, S-66, S-84 by the British RAF 26 crew lost. Position 49° 30N 00° 07E.


Hans Hartmann
Takes command on August 1927
Ends command on September 1928

Werner Ehrhardt
Takes command on September 1928
Ends command on February 1929

Hans-Armin Czech
Takes command on February 1929
Ends command on June 1929

Fritz Berger
Takes command on October 1929
Ends command on September 1930

Paul Ascher
Takes command on September 1930
Ends command on September 1932

Ernst-Ludwig Thinemann
Takes command on September 1932
Ends command on September 1934

Alwin Albrecht
Takes command on September 1934
Ends command on September 1936

Walter Riede
Takes command on September 1936
Ends command on Jun 1938

Günter Hessler
Takes command on March 1939
Ends command on March 1940

Jan Heinrich Hansen-Nootbaar
Takes command on March 1940
Ends command on December 1941

Karl Hoffmann
Takes command on December 1941
Ends command on October 1942

Konrad Loerke
Takes command on October 1942
Ends command on March 1943

Günter Krüger
Takes command on September 1943
Ends command on June 1944


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