German submarine U-184

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-184
Ordered: 15 August 1940
Builder: AG Weser, Bremen
Laid down: 10 June 1941
Launched: 21 February 1942
Commissioned: 29 May 1942
Fate: Missing since 21 November 1942
General characteristics [1]
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: 138,500 nmi (256,500 km; 159,400 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h) 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: 6 × torpedo tubes (four bow, two stern)
22 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedoes
1 × 10.5 cm (4.1 in) SK L/45 deck gun (110 rounds)
AA guns

German submarine U-184 was a Type IXC/40 U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine built for service during World War II.

She was ordered on 15 August 1940 and was laid down on 10 June 1941 at AG Weser, Bremen, becoming 'werk 1024'. She was launched on 21 February 1942 and commissioned under her first and only commander Kapitänleutnant Günther Dangschat on 29 May.[2] After a period of training with the 4th U-boat Flotilla, she joined the 2nd U-boat Flotilla for operational service on 1 November 1942.[2]

Service history[edit]

On her first and only combat patrol she departed Bergen in Norway on 9 November 1942 and entered the north Atlantic via the gap between Iceland and the Faroe Islands. She sank a single ship, the British merchant vessel SS Widestone[3] about 500 nautical miles (930 km; 580 mi) southeast of Cape Farewell (Greenland) on 17 November 1942. There were no survivors.

On 21 November she was listed as missing with all 50 hands east of Newfoundland, in approximate position 49°N 45°W / 49°N 45°W / 49; -45Coordinates: 49°N 45°W / 49°N 45°W / 49; -45.

U-184's loss remains an unsolved mystery.[2] It is possible that she was sunk by a Canadian plane or warship as a result of the Battle of the St. Lawrence.

Previously recorded fate[edit]

U-184 was thought to have been sunk by depth charges from the Norwegian corvette Potentilla, but in a post-war assessment this attack was later found to have been against U-264, and had inflicted only minor damage.

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Ship Nationality Tonnage Fate[4]
17 November 1942 Widestone  United Kingdom 3,192 Sunk

References[edit]

Notes
Bibliography
  • 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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