German submarine U-240

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Career
Name: U-240
Ordered: 20 January 1941
Builder: Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel
Yard number: 670
Laid down: 14 May 1942
Launched: 18 February 1943
Commissioned: 3 April 1943
Fate: Missing since 17 May 1944
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][2]
Part of: 5th U-boat Flotilla
(3 April 1943–31 January 1944)
9th U-boat Flotilla
(1 February 1944–17 May 1944)
Commanders: Oblt.z.S. Günther Link
(3 April 1943–17 May 1944)
Operations: 13–17 May 1944
Victories: None

German submarine U-240 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II. The submarine was laid down on 14 May 1942 at the Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft yard at Kiel as 'werk' 670, launched on 18 February 1943 and commissioned on 3 April 1943 under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Günther Link.[1]

Service history[edit]

After training with the 5th U-boat Flotilla at Kiel, U-240 was transferred to the 9th U-boat Flotilla for front-line service on 1 February 1944.[1]

She sailed from Kiel to Kristiansand in Norway, on 27–28 March 1944, departing from there on her first combat patrol on 13 May.[2]

The U-boat was listed as missing in the North Sea west of Norway from 17 May 1944. No explanation exists for her loss.[1]

Previously recorded fate[edit]

U-240 was originally thought to have been sunk west of Norway by depth charges dropped by a Norwegian Short Sunderland flying boat of No. 330 Squadron RAF. The attack was against U-668. No damage was caused.

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Notes
  1. ^ a b c d "The Type VIIC boat U-240 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". uboat.net. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "War Patrols by German U-boat U-240 - Boats - uboat.net". uboat.net. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
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