German submarine U-237

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Career
Name: U-237
Ordered: 20 January 1941
Builder: Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel
Yard number: 667
Laid down: 23 April 1942
Launched: 17 December 1942
Commissioned: 30 January 1943
Fate: Sunk in April 1945
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: 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
Service record[1]
Part of: 5th U-boat Flotilla
(30 January–20 May 1943)
23rd U-boat Flotilla
(8 October 1943–28 February 1945)
31st U-boat Flotilla
(1 March–4 April 1945)
Commanders: Kptlt. Hubert Nordheimer
(3 January–14 May 1943)
Oblt.z.S. Lothar König
(8 October 1943–September 1944)
Johannes van Stipaan
(September–October 1944
Obtlt. Karl-Heinz Menard
(October 1944–4 May 1945)
Operations: None
Victories: None

German submarine U-237 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

The submarine was laid down on 23 April 1942 at the Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft yard at Kiel as 'werk' 667, launched on 17 December and commissioned on 30 January 1943 under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Hubert Nordheimer.[1]

After training with the 5th U-boat Flotilla at Kiel, she went to the 23rd flotilla as a trials boat and then to the 31st flotilla.

She was sunk in Kiel by British bombs in April 1945.

Fate[edit]

She was sunk by American bombs at the Germaniawerft in Kiel during a raid on 14 May 1943, but was raised, repaired and returned to service. She was sunk a second time by British bombs at the Deutsche Werke in Kiel on 4 April 1945.

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Notes
  1. ^ a b "The Type VIIC boat U-237 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". uboat.net. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
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