German submarine U-15 (1936)

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-15
Ordered: 2 February 1935
Builder: Deutsche Werke, Kiel
Yard number: 250
Laid down: 24 September 1935
Launched: 15 February 1936
Commissioned: 7 March 1936
Fate: Sunk 30 January 1940 in the North Sea at Hoofden. 25 dead[1]
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: IIB
Type: Coastal submarine
Displacement: 279 t (275 long tons) surfaced
328 t (323 long tons) submerged
Length: 42.70 m (140 ft 1 in)
Beam: 4.08 m (13 ft 5 in)
Draft: 3.90 m (12 ft 10 in)
Propulsion: 2 × propeller shafts
2 × MWM four-stroke diesel engines, 700 PS (690 shp; 510 kW)
2 × Siemens-Schuckert electric motor, 360 PS (360 shp; 260 kW)
Speed: 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph) surfaced
7 knots (13 km/h; 8.1 mph) submerged
Range: 1,800 nmi (3,300 km; 2,100 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph) surfaced
35–43 nmi (65–80 km; 40–49 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
Part of: Kriegsmarine:
1st U-boat Flotilla
Identification codes: M 06 991
Commanders: Werner von Schmidt
Hans Cohausz
Heinz Buchholz
Peter Frahm
Operations: Five
Victories: Three ships sunk for a total of 4,532 gross register tons (GRT)

The German submarine U-15 was a Type IIB U-boat of the Kriegsmarine. It was commissioned on 7 March 1936, following construction at the Deutsche Werke shipyards at Kiel. Its first commander was Werner von Schmidt. In its career, it completed five patrols, all while serving under the 1st U-boat Flotilla. It sank three ships.

Fate[edit]

On 30 January 1940, U-15 was sunk in the North Sea at Hoofden, after being rammed by accident by the German torpedo boat Iltis. 25 men died, there were no survivors.[1]

Summary of raiding career[edit]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate[3]
10 September 1939 Goodwood  United Kingdom 2,796 Sunk
21 September 1939 Orsa  United Kingdom 1,478 Sunk
28 December 1939 Resercho  United Kingdom 258 Sunk

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kemp 1997, p. 63
  2. ^ Gröner 1985, p. 67.
  3. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by U-15". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 29 December 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. 
  • Kemp, Paul (1997). U-Boats Destroyed, German submarine Losses in the World Wars. Arms and Armour. ISBN 1-85409-515-3. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 54°24′N 7°50′E / 54.400°N 7.833°E / 54.400; 7.833