German submarine U-192

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-192
Ordered: 4 November 1940
Builder: DeSchiMAG AG Weser, Bremen
Yard number: 1038
Laid down: 27 November 1941
Launched: 30 July 1942
Commissioned: 16 November 1942
Fate: Sunk 6 May 1943 by British warship in position 53°6′N 45°44′W / 53.100°N 45.733°W / 53.100; -45.733Coordinates: 53°6′N 45°44′W / 53.100°N 45.733°W / 53.100; -45.733
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Type IXC/40 submarine
Displacement: 1,120 t (1,100 long tons) surfaced
1,232 t (1,213 long tons) submerged
Length: 76.76 m (251.8 ft) o/a
58.7 m (192 ft 7 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.9 m (22 ft 8 in) o/a
4.4 m (14 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Height: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
Draft: 4.7 m (15 ft 5 in)
Propulsion: 2 × MAN M 9 V 40/46 supercharged 9-cylinder diesel engines, 4,400 hp (3,300 kW)
2 × SSW 2 GU 345/34 double-acting electric motors, 1,000 hp (740 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
117 nautical miles (217 km; 135 mi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Complement: 48 to 56
Armament:
Service record
Part of: 4th U-boat Flotilla
(16 November 1942–30 April 1943)
10th U-boat Flotilla
(6 May 1943)
Identification codes: M 50 188
Commanders: Oblt.z.S. Werner Happe
(November 1942–May 1943)
Victories: None

German submarine U-192 was a very short-lived Type IXC/40 U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine built during World War II for service in the Battle of the Atlantic. During her maiden voyage in May 1943 she was sunk by a British warship, HMS Loosetriefe on 6 May 1943.

She was built in Bremen during 1942 and was ready to sail in April 1943, following four months of training and working-up trials in the Baltic Sea, under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Werner Happe (Crew 36).

War patrol[edit]

U-192 left Kiel for operations in the West Atlantic on 13 April 1943. The U-boat participated in three wolfpacks, Meise, Star, and Fink at the end of April 1943. Two attacks on Allied shipping had failed, when U-192 was picked up by an escort of convoy ONS 5, HMS Loosetriefe, early on 6 May 1943. The escort sank the U-boat with depth charges, killing its entire crew of 55.

Wolfpacks[edit]

U-192 took part in three wolfpacks, namely.

  • Meise (25–27 April 1943)
  • Star (27 April - 4 May 1943)
  • Fink (4–6 May 1943)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 105-7.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Edwards, Bernard (1996). Dönitz and the Wolfpacks - The U-boats at War. Cassell Military Classics. pp. 195, 199. ISBN 0-304-35203-9. 
  • 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. 
  • Sharpe, Peter (1998). U-Boat Fact File. Great Britain: Midland Publishing. ISBN 1-85780-072-9. 

External links[edit]

  • Hofmann, Markus. "U 192". Deutsche U-Boote 1935-1945 - u-boot-archiv.de (in German). Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type IXC/40 boat U-192". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 7 December 2014.