was part of the 5th Torpedoboot Flotilla at the outbreak of the war, which was used for mine laying ("Westwall") until 24.09.1939. Escort duties for CLs to recover home going destroyer after mine laying operations in British coastal waters. Used during Operation "Weserübung" in April 1940, later transferred to France, where the Seeadler
participated in defensive mine operations between September 1940 and Spring 1941, followed by repairs and refits in Rotterdam. After operations in the Baltic Sea and at Jutland, the Seeadler
was used during Operation "Cerberus" in February 1942 . While escorting the Auxiliary Cruiser Stier
(Schiff 23), the Seeadler
was torpedoed by British MTB 219
on 13.05.1942 and sunk at 50°48'N 01°32'E. The wreck is now 60 meters depth, and broken into two parts, separated about 100 meters. The bow lies on its port side, while the stern rests upright.