Allied Warships

L-21

Submarine of the L (Leninec) class

NavyThe Soviet Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassL (Leninec) 
Pennant 
Built byBaltiyskiy Zavod (Leningrad, U.S.S.R.) / Yard 189. 
Ordered 
Laid down10 Jun 1938 
Launched14 Jul 1940 
Commissioned31 Aug 1943 
End service 
History

Baltic fleet.

Bombed by German aircraft at Leningrad before completion on 24 May 1942. Sunk in shallow water. Later raised and repaired.

 

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Notable events involving L-21 include:


17 Nov 1944
At 0355 hours 40 nautical miles north-west of the Stilo lighthouse, L-21 fires three torpedoes at what is identified as a small merchant of about 500 tons. All torpedoes missed their target.

23 Nov 1944
L-21 lays a minefield off the Stolpebank.

That same day the German merchant Eichberg (1923 GRT) hits one of these mines and sank in position 54°51'N, 17°59'E.

24 Nov 1944
The German merchant Elie (1837 GRT) hits a mine and sank in position 54°51N, 17°59'E. The mine was laid the previous day by the Russian submarine L-21.

Also on this day, L-21 torpedoed and sank the small Swedish passenger ship Hansa (563 GRT) 18 nautical miles north-west of Halskuk in position 58°02'N, 18°10'E.

22 Dec 1944
The German merchant Eberhard (749 GRT) hits a mine and sank in position 54°51'N, 17°59'E. The mine was possibly laid on 23 November 1944 by the Russian submarine L-21.

Also on this day, L-21 engages a so far unidentified enemy merchant with gunfire 16 nautical miles north of Br?sterort.

8 Mar 1945
L-21 lays a minefield off Hela.

14 Mar 1945
The German torpedo boats T-3 and T-5 (both 839 tons) are mined and sunk off Hela in position 54°39'N, 18°47'E. The mines were laid by the Soviet submarine L-21 on 8 March 1945.

15 Mar 1945
German U-boat U-367 (769 tons) was sunk in the Baltic Sea off Hela, in position 54°36'N, 18°52'E, after hitting a mine laid by the Soviet submarine L-21 on 13 March 1945.

18 Mar 1945
While on patrol east of the Stolpebank, at 2305 hours L-21 fires three torpedoes at a so far unidentified merchant in a German convoy. All torpedoes missed their target.

At 2332 hours L-21 again fires three torpedoes at a so far unidentified merchant in another German convoy. Once again all torpedoes missed their target.

23 Mar 1945
L-21 torpedoed and sank the German auxiliary patrol vessel V 2022/E Colzmann (581 GRT) off Kolberg in position 55°24'N, 17°00'E.

24 Mar 1945
L-21 torpedoed and sank the German tug Erni (105 GRT) off Kolberg in position 55°10'N, 17°36'E.

10 Apr 1945
The German destroyer Z-43 (2519 tons) is mined and damaged off Hela in position 54°36'N, 18°52'E. The mines were laid by the Soviet submarine L-21 on 8 March 1945.


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