German submarine U-216

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-216
Ordered: 16 February 1940
Builder: Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel
Yard number: 648
Laid down: 1 January 1941
Launched: 23 October 1941
Commissioned: 15 December 1941
Fate: Sunk, 20 October 1942,[1] by a British aircraft
General characteristics
Type: Type VIID submarine[2]
Displacement: 965 tonnes (950 long tons) surfaced
1,080 t (1,060 long tons) submerged
Length: 76.9 m (252 ft 4 in) o/a
59.8 m (196 ft 2 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.38 m (20 ft 11 in) o/a<
4.7 m (15 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Draft: 5 m (16 ft 5 in)
Propulsion: 2 × supercharged GW, 6-cylinder, 4-stroke F46 diesel engines totalling 2,800–3,200 bhp (2,100–2,400 kW). Max rpm: 470-490
2 × AEG GU 460/8-276 electric motors, totalling 750 shp (560 kW). Max rpm: 285
Speed: 16.7 knots (30.9 km/h; 19.2 mph) surfaced
7.9 knots (14.6 km/h; 9.1 mph) submerged
Range: 11,200 nmi (20,700 km; 12,900 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
69 km (37 nmi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 200 m (660 ft)
Crush depth: 220–240 m (720–790 ft)
Crew: 4 officers, 40 enlisted
Armament:
  • 5 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedo tubes (four bow, one stern)
  • 14 × torpedoes or 26 × TMA or 39 × TMB tube-launched mines
  • 5 × vertical launchers with 15 SMA mines
  • 1 × 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun (220 rounds)
  • 2 × 20 mm AA (4,380 rounds)
Service record[3][4]
Part of: 5th U-boat Flotilla
(15 December 1941–31 August 1942)
9th U-boat Flotilla
(1–1 September 1942)
Commanders: Oblt.z.S. Karl-Otto Schultz
(15 December 1941–20 October 1942)
Operations: One patrol:
29 August 1942–20 October 1942
Victories: One commercial ship sunk (4,989 GRT)

German submarine U-216 was a Type VIID mine-laying U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.
She was one of six U-boats of her kind, equipped with special vertical tubes that launched the mines.[5] Her keel was laid down 1 January 1941 by Germaniawerft in Kiel as yard number 648. She was launched on 23 October 1941 and commissioned on 15 December 1941 with Oberleutnant zur See Karl-Otto Schultz in command.

Service history[edit]

U-216 conducted only one patrol, sailing from Kiel on 29 August 1942. On 25 September, U-216 fired four torpedos at the British Coast Lines Limited ship, Boston. After three hits, the survivors from the ship were picked up by HMS Veteran which was sunk the next day by U-404. On 20 October 1942, the U-boat was depth charged by a British Liberator aircraft and sunk southwest of Ireland in position 48°21′N 19°25′W / 48.350°N 19.417°W / 48.350; -19.417 with all hands lost.[6]

Wolf Packs[edit]

U-216 took part in 6 wolfpacks, namely.

  • Lohs (13 Sep 1942 - 15 Sep 1942)
  • Pfeil (15 Sep 1942 - 22 Sep 1942)
  • Blitz (22 Sep 1942 - 26 Sep 1942)
  • Luchs (27 Sep 1942 - 29 Sep 1942)
  • Letzte Ritter (29 Sep 1942 - 1 Oct 1942)
  • Wotan (5 Oct 1942 - 17 Oct 1942)

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Ship Name Nationality Tonnage (GRT) Fate[7]
25 September 1942 Boston  United Kingdom 4,989 Sunk

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1999, Arms & Armour, ISBN 1-85409-515-3, p. 93.
  2. ^ Gröner 1985, p. 103.
  3. ^ "The Type VIID boat U-216 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  4. ^ "War Patrols by German U-boat U-216 - Boats - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  5. ^ "German U-Boat Sea Mines - TMA, TMB, SMC". www.uboataces.com. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  6. ^ Kemp, p. 93.
  7. ^ http://uboat.net/boats/successes/u216/html
Bibliography
  • Edwards, Bernard (1996). Dönitz and the Wolf Packs - The U-boats at War. Cassell Military Classics. p. 112. ISBN 0-304-35203-9. 
  • 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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Coordinates: 48°21′N 19°25′W / 48.350°N 19.417°W / 48.350; -19.417