German submarine U-245

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Career
Name: U-245
Ordered: 10 April 1941
Builder: Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel
Yard number: 679
Laid down: 10 November 1942
Launched: 25 November 1943
Commissioned: 18 December 1943
Fate: Surrendered at Bergen, sunk December 1945 north of Northern Ireland
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
(18 December 1943–31 July 1944)
3rd U-boat Flotilla
(1 August–1 October 1944)
33rd U-boat Flotilla
(1 October 1944–8 May 1945)
Commanders: Krvkpt. Friederich Schumann-Hindenberg
(18 December 1943–8 May 1945)
Operations: Three patrols:
14 August–28 October 1944
14 January–18 February 1945
9 April–9 May 1945
Victories: Three

German submarine U-245 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II. The submarine was laid down on 10 November 1942 at the Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft yard at Kiel as 'werk' 679, launched on 25 November 1943 and commissioned on 18 December under the command of Korvettenkapitän Friederich Schumann-Hindenberg.[1]

In three patrols, she sank three ships of 17,087 GRT.

She surrendered to the Allies in May 1945.

Service history[edit]

After training with the 5th U-boat Flotilla at Kiel, U-245 was transferred to the 3rd flotilla for front-line service on 1 August 1944. She was reassigned to the 33rd flotilla on 1 October.[1]

1st patrol[edit]

The boat's first patrol was preceded by a short trip between Kiel and Horten in Norway. Her first sortie began with her departure from Horten on 14 August 1944. She passed into the Atlantic Ocean via the gap between Iceland and the Faroe Islands. The boat was attacked by a Catalina flying boat on 30 September. No casualties or damage was sustained.

2nd patrol[edit]

U-245 sank the Henry B. Plant about 17 nautical miles (31 km; 20 mi) east of Ramsgate on 5 February 1945.

3rd patrol[edit]

She also sank the Filleigh and the Karmt, both on 18 April and both about 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi) east southeast of North Foreland in Kent.

The boat surrendered at Bergen on 9 May 1945 and was transferred to Loch Ryan for Operation Deadlight. She was sunk on 7 December.

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Ship Name Nationality Displacement Fate[3]
5 February 1945 Henry B. Plant  United States 7,240 Sunk
18 April 1945 Filleigh  United Kingdom 4,856 Sunk
18 April 1945 Karmt  Norway 4,991 Sunk

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Coordinates: 55°25′N 6°19′W / 55.417°N 6.317°W / 55.417; -6.317