German submarine U-1232

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-1232
Ordered: 14 October 1941
Builder: Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg
Yard number: 395
Laid down: 14 April 1943
Launched: 20 December 1943
Commissioned: 8 March 1944
Fate: Taken out of service, April 1945 at Wesermünde, Germany
Status: Sunk on 4 March 1946
Notes: Foundered and sunk while being towed to scuttling grounds.
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Type IXC/40 submarine
Displacement: 1,144 t (1,126 long tons) surfaced
1,257 t (1,237 long tons) submerged
Length: 76.76 m (251 ft 10 in) o/a
58.75 m (192 ft 9 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.86 m (22 ft 6 in) o/a 4.44 m (14 ft 7 in) pressure hull
Height: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
Draft: 4.67 m (15 ft 4 in)
Propulsion: 2 × MAN M 9 V 40/46 supercharged 9-cylinder diesel engines, 4,400 hp (3,281 kW)
2 × SSW GU 345/34 double-acting electric motors, 1,000 hp (746 kW)
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph) surfaced
7.3 knots (13.5 km/h; 8.4 mph) submerged
Range: 13,850 nmi (25,650 km; 15,940 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
63 nautical miles (117 km; 72 mi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Complement: 4 officers, 44 enlisted
Armament:
Service record
Commanders:

Kapt. z. S. Kurt Dobratz
(8 March 1944-31 March 1945)[2]

Oblt.z.S. Götz Roth
(1 April 194-27 April 1945)[2]

U-1232 was a Type IX U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

Service History[edit]

She made one offensive patrol, from November 1944 to February 1945, to North America. On 14 January 1945, the boat torpedoed and sank three ships within 13 minutes near Halifax Harbour off the Atlantic coast of Canada.[3][4] During this action she was damaged so severely that she was forced to return to base.

Fate[edit]

In May 1945 the British military captured U-1232 at Wesermünde, Germany. On 4 March 1946 the boat sank at 54°11′N 07°24′E / 54.183°N 7.400°E / 54.183; 7.400 after she foundered whilst being towed to the scuttling grounds.[2]

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Ship Name Nationality Tonnage (GRT) Fate[5]
4 January 1945 Nipiwan Park  Canada 2,373 Damaged
4 January 1945 Polarland  Norway 1,591 Sunk
14 January 1945 Athelviking  United Kingdom 8,779 Sunk
14 January 1945 British Freedom  United Kingdom 6,985 Sunk
14 January 1945 Martin Van Buren  United States 7,176 Total loss

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 105-7.
  2. ^ a b c Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type IXC/40 boat U-1232". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Athelviking". Shipwrecks of Nova Scotia. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Rainault, Jared. "S.S. British Freedom". Darryls Diving Services On-Line Magazine. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by U-1232". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Busch, Rainer; Röll, Hans-Joachim (1999). Deutsche U-Boot-Verluste von September 1939 bis Mai 1945. Der U-Boot-Krieg (in German) IV (Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn: Mittler). ISBN 3-8132-0514-2. 
  • Gröner, Erich (1985). U-Boote, Hilfskreuzer, Minenschiffe, Netzleger, Sperrbrecher. Die deutschen Kriegsschiffe 1815-1945 (in German) III (Koblenz: Bernard & Graefe). ISBN 3-7637-4802-4. 

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