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Torpedo Boat

Luchs Torpedo boat

Service Data

In Service: 15 April 1929 to 26 July 1940

Production Data

Builder: Marinewerft
Construction No: 111
Laid down: 2 April 1927
Launched: 15 March 1928
Commissioned: 15 April 1929

Technical Data

Type: Torpedo boat
Class: Predator

Displacement: 933 tons standard. 1,320 tons full load
Length: 92.6 m
Beam: 8.6 m
Draft: 3.52 m
Propulsion: 2 × shaft geared steam turbines, 3 × boilers producing up to 25,500 shp
Propellers: 2
Speed: 35.2 knots
Range: 3,900 nautical miles at 17 knots
Crew: 129 men and officers
3 × 12.7 cm L/45 SK C/34
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 April 1929
The torpedo boat Luchs is commissioned.

26 July 1940
The torpedo boat Luchs is sunk while escorting the battleship Gneisenau by British submarine HMS Swordfish. 89 crew lost.


Takes command on April 1929
Ends command on September 1929

Erich Schulte Monting
Takes command on 27 September 1929
Ends command on 2 October 1931

Gottfried Pönitz
Takes command on October 1931
Ends command on October 1932

Takes command on October 1933
Ends command on September 1935

Friedrich Kothe
Takes command on September 1935
Ends command on December 1936

Hans Marks
Takes command on December 1936
Ends command on September 1937

Heinrich Wittig
Takes command on February 1938
Ends command on March 1938

Takes command on March 1938
Ends command on October 1939

Takes command on October 1939
Ends command on July 1940


Luchs picture 2
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