German submarine U-211
|Ordered:||16 October 1939|
|Laid down:||29 March 1941|
|Launched:||15 January 1942|
|Commissioned:||7 March 1942|
|Fate:||Sunk by a British aircraft, 19 November 1943|
|Type:||Type VIIC submarine|
|Displacement:||769 tonnes (757 long tons) surfaced
871 t (857 long tons) submerged
|Length:||67.1 m (220 ft 2 in) o/a
50.5 m (165 ft 8 in) pressure hull
|Beam:||6.2 m (20 ft 4 in) o/a
4.7 m (15 ft 5 in) pressure hull
|Draft:||4.74 m (15 ft 7 in)|
|Propulsion:||2 × supercharged Germaniawerft 6-cylinder 4-stroke F46 diesel engines, totalling 2,800–3,200 bhp (2,100–2,400 kW). Max rpm: 470-490
2 × electric motors, totalling 750 shp (560 kW) and max rpm: 296.
|Speed:||17.7 knots (32.8 km/h; 20.4 mph) surfaced
7.6 knots (14.1 km/h; 8.7 mph) submerged
|Range:||15,170 km (8,190 nmi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
150 km (81 nmi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
|Test depth:||230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
|Complement:||44–52 officers and ratings|
|Armament:||5 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedo tubes (four bow, one stern)
14 × G7e torpedoes or 26 TMA mines
1 × 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun (220 rounds)
Various AA guns
|Part of:||5th U-boat Flotilla, (Training)
(7 March–31 August 1942)
9th U-boat Flotilla, Front (Operational) Boat
(1 September–19 November 1943)
|Commanders:||Krvkpt. Karl Hause
(7 March 1942–19 November 1943)
26 August–7 October 1942
11 November–29 December 1942
13–25 February 1943
10 May–16 July 1943
11 October–19 November 1943
|Victories:||One warship sunk - 1,350 tons; Three commercial ships damaged - 31,883 GRT|
German submarine U-211 was a Type VIIC U-boat of the Kriegsmarine during World War II. The submarine was laid down on 29 March 1941 by the Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft yard at Kiel as 'werk' 640, launched on 15 January 1942 and commissioned on 7 March under the command of Korvettenkapitän Karl Hause.
She was sunk on 19 November 1943 by a British aircraft in the North Atlantic. 54 men died; there were no survivors.
Having moved to Bergen via Arendal in Norway in August 1942, U-211's first patrol began from the larger Nordic port on 26 August. Her route took her through the gap between Iceland and the Faroe Islands and into the Atlantic Ocean.
On 12 September, she damaged the Empire Moonbeam southwest of Cape Clear, (southern Ireland) with one torpedo and the Hektoria with two. Her next victim was the Esso Williamsburg which was damaged on the 23rd about 500 nautical miles (930 km; 580 mi) south of Cape Farewell (Greenland). This ship had already been unsuccessfully attacked the previous day. She was eventually sunk by U-254 on 3 October. There were no survivors.
U-211 arrived at Brest in occupied France on 7 October 1942.
The boat left Brest for her second foray on 11 November 1942. On 17 December, as part of Wolf pack Raufbold she sank a British destroyer, HMS Firedrake (H79), which at the time was on escort duty protecting Convoy ON 153, in mid-Atlantic. The ship broke into two pieces on being hit. The bow sank immediately, but the stern remained afloat for some hours. There were 26 survivors out of a ships' company of 196.
The submarine returned to Brest on 29 December.
All was well on the boat's third sortie until 20 February 1943 when she was attacked by a US B-24 Liberator west of the Bay of Biscay. The aircraft dropped six depth charges, causing enough damage to bring the patrol to a premature end.
This time it was the turn of the Royal Air Force. While still outbound, an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley of No. 10 Squadron dropped three depth charges north of Finisterre in Spain on 15 May 1943 - the damage was not so great. Having left Brest on the 10th, U-211 returned on 16 July.
5th patrol and loss
U-211 moved from Brest to Lorient in September 1943. On 11 October, she began what would turn out to be her final outing. After a lot of to-ing and fro-ing west of Portugal, she was sunk by depth charges from a British Vickers Wellington of 179 Squadron east of the Azores.
54 men died; there were no survivors.
Summary of raiding history
|12 September 1942||Empire Moonbeam||United Kingdom||6,849||Damaged|
|12 September 1942||Hektoria||United Kingdom||13,7977||Damaged|
|23 September 1942||Esso Williamsburg||United States||11,237||Damaged|
|17 December 1942||HMS Firedrake (H79)||Royal Navy||1,350||Sunk|
- "The Type VIIC boat U-211 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". uboat.net. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
- "War Patrols by German U-boat U-211 - Boats - uboat.net". uboat.net. Retrieved 6 February 2013.