German submarine U-146 (1940)

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-146
Ordered: 25 September 1939
Builder: Deutsche Werke, Kiel
Laid down: 30 March 1940
Launched: 21 September 1940
Commissioned: 30 October 1940
Fate: Scuttled on 2 May 1945 at Wilhelmshaven
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: IID
Type: Coastal submarine
Displacement: 314 t (309 long tons) surfaced
364 t (358 long tons) submerged
Length: 43.97 m (144 ft 3 in)
Beam: 4.92 m (16 ft 2 in)
Draft: 3.93 m (12 ft 11 in)
Propulsion: 2 × propeller shafts
2 × MWM four-stroke diesel engines, 700 shp (520 kW)
2 × Siemens-Schuckert electric motor, 410 shp (310 kW)
Speed: 12.7 knots (23.5 km/h; 14.6 mph) surfaced
7.4 knots (13.7 km/h; 8.5 mph) submerged
Range: 3,450 nmi (6,390 km; 3,970 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph) surfaced
56 nmi (104 km; 64 mi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 80 m (260 ft)
Complement: 3 officers, 22 men
Armament:
Service record[2][3]
Part of:
Commanders:
  • Eberhart Hoffmann (30 October 1940–6 June 1941)
  • Oblt.z.S. Otto Ites (7 April–26 August 1941)
  • Lt.z.S. Ewald Hüstenbeck (27 August–October 1941)
  • Oblt.z.S. Wihelm Grimme (October 1941–June 1942)
  • Oblt.z.S. Gerth Gemeiner (June 1942–August 1942)
  • Oblt.z.S. Jürgen Nissen (8 September–October 1942)
  • Oblt.z.S. Erich Hilsenitz (2 November 1942–11 July 1943)
  • Oblt.z.S. Herbert Waldschmidt (31 May 1943–30 December 1944)
  • Oblt.z.S. Helmuth Wüst (22 December 1944–9 March 1945)
  • Oblt.z.S. Carl Schauroth (10 March–2 May 1945)
Operations:
  • 1st patrol: 29 April–11 May 1941
  • 2nd patrol: 31 May–26 June 1941
Victories: One ship sunk

German submarine U-146 was a Type IID U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarineduring World War II. Her keel was laid down on 30 March 1940 by Deutsche Werke in Kiel as yard number 275. She was launched on 21 September 1940 and commissioned on 30 October with Eberhart Hoffmann in command.

U-146 began her service life with the 1st U-boat Flotilla. She was then assigned to the 22nd flotilla and subsequently to the 3rd flotilla where she conducted two patrols, sinking one ship, in 1941. She spent the rest of the war as a training vessel, moving back to the 22nd flotilla.

She was scuttled in May 1945.

Operational career[edit]

1st patrol[edit]

The submarine's first patrol commenced with her departure from Kiel on 17 June 1941. She crossed the North Sea and negotiated the gap between the Faroe and Shetland Islands. She sank Pluto 100 nmi (190 km; 120 mi) north northwest of the Butt of Lewis (in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland). She then sailed to a point southwest of Ireland.

2nd patrol[edit]

For her second patrol, she left Kiel on 26 July 1941. Her return was on 11 August. No further details are available.

Fate[edit]

The boat was scuttled in the Raederschleuse (lock) at Wilhelmshaven on 2 May 1945. The wreck was broken up on an unknown date.

Summary of raiding career[edit]

Date Ship Nationality Tonnage Fate
28 June 1941 Pluto  Finland 3,496 Sunk

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gröner 1985, p. 67.
  2. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type IID boat U-146". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "War Patrols by German U-boat U-146". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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. 
  • 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. 

External links[edit]

  • Hofmann, Markus. "U 146". Deutsche U-Boote 1935-1945 - u-boot-archiv.de (in German). Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type IID boat U-146". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 6 December 2014.