German submarine U-22 (1936)
|Career (Nazi Germany)|
|Ordered:||February 2, 1935|
|Laid down:||March 4, 1936|
|Launched:||July 29, 1936|
|Commissioned:||August 20, 1936|
|Fate:||Missing since March 27, 1940, in the North Sea around Skagerrak. 27 presumed dead|
|General characteristics |
|Class & type:||IIB|
|Displacement:||279 t (275 long tons) surfaced
328 t (323 long tons) submerged
|Length:||42.70 m (140 ft 1 in)|
|Beam:||4.08 m (13 ft 5 in)|
|Draft:||3.90 m (12 ft 10 in)|
|Propulsion:||2 × propeller shafts
2 × MWM four-stroke diesel engines, 700 shp (520 kW)
2 × Siemens-Schuckert electric motor, 360 shp (270 kW)
|Speed:||13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph) surfaced
7 knots (13 km/h; 8.1 mph) submerged
|Range:||1,800 nautical miles (3,300 km; 2,100 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph) surfaced
35–43 nmi (65–80 km; 40–49 mi) at 4 knots submerged
|Test depth:||80 m (260 ft)|
|Complement:||3 officers, 22 men|
1st U-boat Flotilla
3rd U-boat Flotilla
|Identification codes:||M 26 177|
|Victories:||Six ships sunk for a total of 7,344 gross register tons (GRT)
Two auxiliary warships sunk for a total of 3,633 GRT
One warship sunk for 1,475 tons
German submarine U-22 was a Nazi German Type IIB U-boat which was commissioned in 1936 following construction at the Germaniawerft shipyards at Kiel. Her pre-war service was uneventful, as she trained crews and officers in the rapidly expanding U-boat arm of the Kriegsmarine following the abandonment of the terms of the Treaty of Versailles two years before.
During the Second World War, she was mainly deployed for coastal work, a role enforced by her small size and endurance. Thus she was useful for operations in the North Sea and against the British coastal convoys, particularly along the north east seeboard of Great Britain. It was in this region that she scored her first successes, after fruitless operations off the Polish coast during the invasion of that country and a patrol against British shipping coming from Norwegian ports.
On 18 November 1939, she scored her first kill, sinking the tiny coastal cargo ship SS Parkhill off the Scottish coast. This was followed on her fourth patrol with two mine barrages [clarification needed] off Blyth, in Northumberland, which claimed two coastal freighters and a naval patrol minesweeper in less than a week. She was then used directly against Scottish convoys in the Moray Firth, during which she achieved her greatest success, torpedoing the British destroyer HMS Exmouth, which went down with all hands, the cause of her loss only discovered by the British after the war. Shortly afterwards, in thick fog, she sank a Danish ship from the same convoy. These were her final direct victims, although she later claimed another with a mine laid sometime before.
The submarine failed to return from her seventh patrol, for which she had departed on 20 March 1940. There is some indication that she was lost due to an unexplained mine detonation in the Skagerrak. Some suggested,[who?] that she might have been rammed by the Polish submarine Wilk, which reported crashing into something, but it was a month later (20 June) and newest analyses show, that the Wilk most probably collided with a buoy. Whatever the cause, U-22 and her 27 crew were never seen again, lost somewhere in the North Sea in March 1940.
Summary of Raiding Career
|18 November 1939||Parkhill||United Kingdom||500||Sunk|
|18 November 1939||Wigmore||United Kingdom||345||Sunk|
|20 December 1939||Mars||Sweden||1,877||Sunk (mine)|
|23 December 1939||HMS Dolphin||Royal Navy||3,099||Sunk (mine)|
|25 December 1939||HMS Loch Doon||Royal Navy||534||Sunk (mine)|
|28 December 1939||Hanne||Denmark||1,080||Sunk (mine)|
|21 January 1940||Ferryhill||United Kingdom||1,086||Sunk (mine)|
|21 January 1940||HMS Exmouth||Royal Navy||1,475||Sunk|
|21 January 1940||Tekla||Denmark||1,469||Sunk (mine)|
|28 January 1940||Eston||United Kingdom||1,487||Sunk (mine)|
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