German submarine U-235

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-235
Ordered: 20 January 1941
Builder: Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel
Yard number: 665
Laid down: 25 February 1942
Launched: 4 November 1942
Commissioned: 19 December 1942
Fate: Sunk in error in April 1945 by a German torpedo boat[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)
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: 8,500 nmi (15,700 km; 9,800 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
80 nmi (150 km; 92 mi) 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
Service record[2]
Part of: 5th U-boat Flotilla
(19 December 1942–20 May 1943)
22nd U-boat Flotilla
(29 October 1943–1 April 1945)
31st U-boat Flotilla
(2 April–14 April 1945)
Commanders: Oblt.z.S. Goske von Möllendorf
(19 December 1942–19 January 1943)
Oblt.z.S.Klaus-Helmuth Becker
(20 January–20 May 1943)
Hans-Erich Kummetz
(29 October 1943–1 April 1945)
Kptlt. Friedrich Huisgen
(2 April–14 April 1945)
Operations: None
Victories: None

German submarine U-235 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

The submarine was laid down on 25 February 1942 at the Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft yard at Kiel as yard number 665, launched on 4 November and commissioned on 19 December under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Goske von Möllendorf.[2]

After training with the 5th U-boat Flotilla at Kiel, U-235 was transferred to the 22nd flotilla on 29 October 1943, following her sinking in May by US bombs in Kiel. She had been raised, repaired and returned to service. She was reassigned to the 31st U-boat Flotilla on 2 April 1945, less than two weeks before her second sinking.

U-235 was sunk in error in April 1945 in the Kattegat by a German torpedo boat.


U-235 was heading to Norway with U-1272 when they encountered a small German convoy accompanied by the torpedo boat T-17. All vessels had not been warned of the others' presence. But the convoy had been warned that a British submarine was in the area. U-1272 dived deep and out of trouble, but U-235 surfaced, possibly to identify herself and then as if changing her mind, also dived. T-17 attacked, dropping depth charges. Any celebration on T-17 was abruptly stilled when amongst the wreckage appearing were bodies in Kriegsmarine uniform.[3] Forty-six men died; there were no survivors.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1999, Arms & Armour, ISBN 1-85409-515-3, p. 249
  2. ^ a b "The Type VIIC boat U-235 - German U-boats of WWII -". Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Kemp, p. 249
  4. ^
  • 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. 

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