German submarine U-192

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-192
Builder: AG Weser, Bremen
Laid down: 27 November 1941
Launched: 31 July 1942
Commissioned: 10 December 1942
Fate: Lost, May 1943
General characteristics [1]
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) overall
58.7 m (192 ft 7 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.9 m (22 ft 8 in) overall
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: 25,620 nmi (47,450 km; 29,480 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
117 nautical miles (217 km; 135 mi) at 4 kn (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
(November 1942–April 1943)
10th U-boat Flotilla
(May 1943)
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 disappeared without a trace, along with her 55 crew.

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

War patrol[edit]

Nothing is known of U-192 '​s only war patrol following her departure from Kiel. She radioed in basic progress reports for the first three fruitless weeks of operation, but nothing came after the beginning of May, and by June she was given up for lost, as there had been no contact or sightings for a month. Post-war, allied investigators reported that she may have been lost in an attack on Convoy SC-128, where the Flower class corvette HMS Loosestrife (K105) reported attacking a submarine on the 6 May close to where U-192 was supposed to be. However, the results of the attack were not conclusive as the submarine was not confirmed sunk or identified, the true fate of U-192 will probably never be known, except she was lost somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean.[2]

Wolf Packs[edit]

U-192 took part in 3 wolfpacks, namely.

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

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 105-7.
  2. ^ Previous analysis of the loss of this boat claimed that she was sunk by HMS Pink (K137) south of Greenland. This theory was proved incorrect by a 1991 study which concluded this was an unsuccessful attack on a different submarine.
Bibliography
  • Edwards, Bernard (1996). Dönitz and the Wolf Packs - 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. 

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