German submarine U-187

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-187
Ordered: 15 August 1940
Builder: DeSchiMAG AG Weser, Bremen
Yard number: 1027
Laid down: 6 August 1941
Launched: 11 March 1941[1]
Commissioned: 23 July 1942[2]
Fate: Sunk by HMS Vimy and Beverley,
4 February 1943[2]
General characteristics [3]
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 nmi (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[4]
Part of: Kriegsmarine
4th U-boat Flotilla (training boat)
23 July–31 December 1942
10th U-boat Flotilla
1 January –4 February 1943
Commanders: Kptlt. Ralph Münnich
(23 July 1942–4 February 1943)
Operations: One patrol
Victories: None

German submarine U-187 was a Type IXC/40 U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine built for service during World War II. Her keel was laid down on 6 August 1941 by DeSchiMAG AG Weser in Bremen as yard number 1027. She was launched on 16 March 1942 and commissioned on 23 July with Kapitänleutnant Ralph Münnich in command.

The U-boat's service began with training as part of the 4th U-boat Flotilla. She then moved to the 10th flotilla on 1 January 1943 for operations.

She was sunk by two British destroyers in February 1943.

Operational career[edit]

Patrol and loss[edit]

U-187 '​s patrol took her from Kiel on 12 January 1943, across the North Sea and into the Atlantic Ocean through the gap between Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

She was surprised on the surface, 7 nautical miles (13 km; 8.1 mi) ahead of Convoy SC 118. She was sunk in mid-Atlantic by depth charges dropped by the British destroyers HMS Vimy and HMS Beverley at position 50°12′N 36°35′W / 50.200°N 36.583°W / 50.200; -36.583 on 4 February 1943. Nine men died; there were 45 survivors.

Wolf Packs[edit]

U-187 took part in 2 wolfpacks, namely.

  • Landsknecht (19 Jan 1943 - 28 Jan 1943)
  • Pfeil (1 Feb 1943 - 4 Feb 1943)

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1999, Arms & Armour, ISBN 1-85409-515-3, pp. 100-101
  2. ^ a b Kemp, pp. 100-101
  3. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 105-7.
  4. ^ "The Type IXC/40 boat U-187 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". uboat.net. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
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. 
  • Edwards, Bernard (1996). Dönitz and the Wolf Packs - The U-boats at War. pp. 143, 144, 149. ISBN 0-304-35203-9. 

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Coordinates: 50°12′N 36°35′W / 50.200°N 36.583°W / 50.200; -36.583