Allied Warships

HNMS Willem van der Zaan (M 08)

Minelayer of the Willem van der Zaan class

NavyThe Royal Dutch Navy
TypeMinelayer
ClassWillem van der Zaan 
PennantM 08 
Built byNederlandse Droogdok Maatschappij (Amsterdam, Holland) 
Ordered 
Laid down18 Jan 1938 
Launched15 Dec 1938 
Commissioned21 Aug 1939 
End serviceSep 1963 
History

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 6 October 1970.

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Commands listed for HNMS Willem van der Zaan (M 08)

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CommanderFromTo
1luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Hendrik Dirk Lindner, RNN21 Aug 193930 Jan 1941
2luitenant ter zee 2e klasse (Lt.) Anthonie van Miert, RNN30 Jan 19411 Apr 1941
3luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Gijsbertus Petrus Küller, RNN1 Apr 194115 Jan 1945
4luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Anthonie van Miert, RNN16 Jan 194520 Apr 1946

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Notable events involving Willem van der Zaan include:


22 Apr 1942
HrMs K XIV (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) departed Colombo for Bombay. She was escorted by the Dutch minelayer / sloop HrMs Willem van der Zaan (Lt.Cdr. G.P. Küller, RNN). (1)

29 Jul 1942
HrMs K XIV (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) departed Bombay for Colombo. She was escorted by the Dutch minelayer / sloop HrMs Willem van der Zaan (Lt.Cdr. G.P. Küller, RNN). The Dutch merchant Meerkerk (7995 GRT, built 1919) also made this passage together with both warships.

Sources

  1. File 2.12.37.205 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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