German submarine U-226

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Name: U-226
Ordered: 15 August 1940[1]
Builder: Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel[1]
Yard number: 656[1]
Laid down: 1 August 1941[1]
Launched: 18 June 1942[1]
Commissioned: 1 August 1942[1]
Fate: Sunk by British warships in November 1943[1]
General characteristics
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)
Installed power: Diesels: 2,800–3,200 bhp (2,100–2,400 kW)
Electric motors: 750 shp (560 kW)
Propulsion: 2 × supercharged Germaniawerft 6-cylinder 4-stroke F46 diesel engines
2 × electric motors
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 kn (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
150 km (81 nmi) at 4 kn (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
AA guns (2 cm FlaK 30)

German submarine U-226 was a Type VIIC U-boat that served with the Kriegsmarine during World War II. Laid down on 1 August 1941 as 'werk' 656 at F. Krupp Germaniawerft in Kiel, she was launched on 18 June 1942 and commissioned on 1 August under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Albrecht Gänge.

She began her service career in training with the 5th U-boat Flotilla. She was transferred to the 6th flotilla on 1 January 1943.

The boat was a member of 11 wolf packs. She carried out three patrols and sank one ship.

She was sunk by British warships in November 1943.

Service History[edit]

1st patrol[edit]

U-226 departed Kiel on 31 December 1942, heading for the Atlantic Ocean via the gap between Iceland and the Faroe Islands. She sailed toward Newfoundland, southeast of Greenland. She arrived at Lorient in occupied France, on 17 May.

2nd patrol[edit]

Having left Lorient on 10 April 1943, the boat encountered the Fort Rampart west of the Bay of Biscay on the 18th. The ship had already been attacked by U-628. U-226 finished the merchantman off with a 'coup de grǎce' torpedo and gunfire and returned to France; this time to St. Nazaire.

3rd patrol[edit]

Having left St. Nazaire for Brest, the boat departed the port in Brittany on 5 October. U-226 was attacked and sunk on 6 November by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Starling, Woodcock and Kite east of Newfoundland. Fifty-one men died, there were no survivors.

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Ship Name Nationality Displacement Fate[2]
18 April 1943 Fort Rampart  United Kingdom 7,134 Sunk


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "U-226". Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  2. ^
Further reading
  • Bishop, C., Kriegsmarine U-Boats, 1939-45, Amber Books. 2006.

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Coordinates: 44°49′N 41°13′W / 44.817°N 41.217°W / 44.817; -41.217