German submarine U-248

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-248
Ordered: 5 June 1941
Builder: Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel
Yard number: 682
Laid down: 19 December 1942
Launched: 7 October 1943
Commissioned: 6 November 1943
Fate: Sunk in mid-Atlantic in January 1945 by US warships[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: 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[2][3]
Part of: 5th U-boat Flotilla
(6 November 1943–31 July 1944)
9th U-boat Flotilla
(1 August–31 October 1944)
11th U-boat Flotilla
(11 November 1944–16 January 1945)
Commanders: Oblt.z.S. Bernhard Emde
(6 November 1943–31 October 1944)
Oblt.z.S. Johann-Friedrich Loos
(1 November 1944–16 January 1945)
Operations: Two patrols:
18 August–14 October 1944
3 December 1944–16 January 1945
Victories: None

German submarine U-248 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II. The submarine was laid down on 19 December 1942 at the Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft yard at Kiel as yard number 682, launched on 7 October 1943 and commissioned on 6 November under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Bernhard Emde.[2]

In two patrols, she sank or damaged no ships.

She was sunk in mid-Atlantic by US warships in January 1945.

Service history[edit]

After training with the 5th U-boat Flotilla at Kiel, U-248 was transferred to the 9th flotilla for front-line service on 1 August 1944. She was reassigned to the 11th flotilla on 1 November.[2]

1st patrol[edit]

The boat's first patrol was preceded by two short trips between Kiel in Germany and Horten and Bergen, both in Norway. Her first sortie began with her departure from Bergen on 18 August 1944. She arrived at Trondheim on 14 October.

2nd patrol and loss[edit]

U-248 was sunk by destroyer escorts, the USS Hayter, Otter, Varian and Hubbard north of the Azores on 16 January 1945. Forty-seven men died; there were no survivors.

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1997, Arms & Armour, ISBN 1-85409-515-3, pp. 228-229
  2. ^ a b c "The Type VIIC boat U-248 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". uboat.net. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "War Patrols by German U-boat U-248 - Boats - uboat.net". uboat.net. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
Bibliography
  • 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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