Allied Warships

K-21

Submarine of the K (Katjusa) class

NavyThe Soviet Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassK (Katjusa) 
Pennant 
Built bySudomekh (Leningrad, U.S.S.R.) / Yard 196. 
Ordered 
Laid down10 Dec 1937 
Launched16 Aug 1939 
Commissioned30 Nov 1940 
End service 
History

Northern fleet (arrived from the Baltic through inland waterways on 24 October 1941).

Became a monument at Murmansk in 1982.

 

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Notable events involving K-21 include:


The German merchant Bessheim (1774 GRT) is mined and sunk off Hammerfest in position 70?39'N, 23?38'E. The mine was laid K-21 on 11 November 1941.

Commanding officer at the beginning of 1942: Captain 3rd Rank Nicolai Lunin. Lunin former command was ShCh-421, and in 1943 left K-21 to become commander of the submarine brigade Northern Fleet. Promoted to Rear admiral in 1945, and Hero of the Soviet Union. (1)

9 Nov 1941
While on patrol off Hammerfest, northern Norway K-21 fires two torpedoes at what is identified as a merchant. The torpedoes however miss their target.

12 Nov 1941
At 1420 hours K-21 attacked the German auxiliary patrol vessel V 6109/Nordwind with three torpedoes in position 70°43'N, 24°04'E. The torpedoes all miss their target.

During the same attack at 1429 hours K-21 fires two torpedoes at what is identified as a merchant of approx. 5000 GRT. These torpedoes also miss their target.

13 Jan 1942
K-21 fires two torpedoes at the German merchant Fechenheim (8116 GRT) off northern Norway in position 70°50'N, 23°50'E. The torpedoes however miss their target.

21 Jan 1942
The Norwegian fishing motor boat F-223N Ingoy of only 15GTR was attacked and sunk with gunfire by K-21 (1)

31 Mar 1942
K-21 attacked a German convoy of the Syltefjord, northern Norway. The torpedoes fired miss the German merchant Admiral Karl Hering (1436 GRT).

5 Jul 1942
K-21 fires four stern torpedoes against the German battleship Tirpitz off Ing?y Island, Norway in position 71°22'N, 24°34'E. The torpedoes however miss their target.

9 Jul 1942
The German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 1110 (527 GRT) is mined and sunk off the Mageroysund in position 70°39'N, 23°38'E. The mine was laid by either the Russian submarine K-3 on 23 November 1941 or the Russian submarine K-21 on 11 November 1941.

16 Aug 1942
K-21 lays a minefield in Lopphavet.

19 Aug 1942
K-21 fires four torpedoes at the German merchant S?vre (5089 GRT, former French) and two small escorts in Lopphavet in position 70°27'N, 21°39'E. All torpedoes however miss their target.

23 Oct 1942
K-21 was awarded the Red Banner Award. (1)

12 Feb 1943
K-21 sank four small Norwegian motor boats with gunfire in Lopphavet.

18 Feb 1943
K-21 lays a minefield in the Lyngenfjord.

9 Apr 1943
K-21 fires 6 torpedoes against the German minelayer Brummer in the Batsfjord in position 70°34'N, 21°38'E. All torpedoes missed their target.

12 Apr 1943
K-21 sank four Norwegian fishing vessels with gunfire in Lopphavet off Svendsgrunn.

22 Apr 1943
The German merchant Duna (1926 GRT) is mined and sunk in the Lyngenfjord. The mine was laid by K-21 on 18 February 1943.

14 Sep 1943
The submarine K-21 did another raid against Norwegian fishing boats, this time sinking with gunfire the motorboat Frei of just 40GTR and damaging the Havatta, Baren and Eyshteyn (1)

Sources

  1. Personal communication

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