Wilhelm Heidkamp - Z 21


Wilhelm Heidkamp and nine other German destroyers were assigned to Kriegsschiffgruppe 1 under Operation Weserubung,the invasion of Norway in April 1940, tasked with securing Narvik and the iron ore traffic from Sweden. She was hit by a torpedo from the British destroyer HMS Hardy 10.April and had her stern blown off. 81 men from her vrew perished in this engagement. But she did not sink and  commander Hans Erdmenger had the destroyer towed in to the harbor where she the following day had an explosion on board. And this time she did go down in the deep. The wreck was left alone until 1963 when Norsk Bjergningskompani raised the wreck and dumped it outside the airport in Narvik.The wreck rest today on a depth of approx 10 to 25 meter.

Former names:
Wilhelm Heidkamp
123,4 x 11,8 x 4,5 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
3415 grt Bremen ( D ) 1937 Bremen ( D )

68° 26' 4" N, 17° 22' 40" E

Picture: WIlhelm Heidkamp
Originally from skovheim.org

Last updated: December 2020