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KRIEGSMARINE (GERMANY)

AMPHIBIOUS SHIPS AND CRAFT

PiLB41 type personnel and vehicle landing craft (1942-1945)

PiLB501 1942

Names

PiLB501 - 530; PiLB531, 1946 - LCM531; PiLB532 - 655

Builders

Bodanwerft, Kressbronn: PiLB501 - 545

Kremer, Elshorn: PiLB546 - 560, 596 - 625

Heyking, Danzig: PiLB561 - 570, 626 - 635

Aussiger Schiffswerft: PiLB571 - 576, 636 - 655

Braun, Speyer: PiLB577 - 583

Weichselwerft, Schröttersburg: PiLB584 - 589

Schlesier Dampfer-Co., Glogau: PiLB590 - 595

Commissioned

1942: PiLB501 - 504

1943: PiLB505 - 514

1944: PiLB515 - 532, 546 - 552

1945: PiLB533 - 535, 553, 554, 557, 558, 561 - 565

Losses

cancelled: PiLB542 - 545, 555, 556, 559, 560, 596 - 655

incomplete: PiLB566 - 595

completed for France: PiLB536 (Constance I, 11/1945), PiLB537 - 540 (Constance II - V, 1946)

completed mercantile: PiLB541 (1946)

PiLB507 (25/3/1944), PiLB508 (31/3/1944), PiLB510 (9/4/1944), PiLB511 (25/3/1944), PiLB512 (7/9/1944), PiLB514 (31/3/1944), PiLB515 (31/3/1944), PiLB516 (31/3/1944), PiLB554 (16/4/1945), PiLB562 (20/4/1945) and may be others

Transfers

United Kingdom: PiLB506 (16/9/1944)

Switzerland: PiLB535 (23/4/1945, interned)

Discarding

unknown

 

Displacement standard, t

34

Displacement full, t

71

Length, m

19.7

Breadth, m

5.70

Draught, m

1.00 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

MWM or Kaelble or Deutz or Vomag or Saurer diesels

Power, h. p.

220 - 240

Max speed, kts

10.8

Fuel, t

diesel oil 1.1
Endurance, nm(kts) 260(10)

Armament

(1 - 3) x 1 - 7.9/79 or 1 x 1 - 20/65 C/38 or 1 x 1 - 37/80 SK C/30 or 1 x 4 - 20/65 C/38

Military load 40 t of cargo or 150 men or 2 trucks
Complement 7

Ship project history: Engineer troops landing boats (Pionierlandungsboot) intended for transportation of troops and light vehicles. They were created on the basis of horse landing craft (Pferdboote) of WWI period. Boats were arranged by a bow ramp; boats of 1940 and 1941 types could be used for transportation of Sturmboots (could carry 2-4 units). After war 6 boats of 1941 type were completed for France.

Modernizations: nNone.

Naval service: No significant events.

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14