German submarine U-250

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Bundesarchiv Bild 200-Ub3380, Indienststellung U-250.jpg
U-250 being commissioned, 12 December 1943
Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-250
Ordered: 5 June 1941
Builder: Germaniawerft, Kiel
Yard number: 684
Laid down: 9 January 1943
Launched: 11 November 1943
Commissioned: 12 December 1943
Fate: Sunk in July 1944 in the Gulf of Finland, raised by the Soviets[1]
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: Type VIIC submarine
Displacement: 769 tonnes (757 long tons) surfaced
871 t (857 long tons) submerged
Length: 67.23 m (220 ft 7 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
Height: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
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 × AEG GU 460/8-276 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
Armament:
Service record[3]
Part of: 5th U-boat Flotilla
(12 December 1943–1 July 1944)
8th U-boat Flotilla
(1 July–30 July 1944)
Identification codes: M 54 401
Commanders: Kptlt. Rolf Lindschau
(12 December 1943–30 July 1944)
Operations: One patrol:
26 July–30 July 1945
Victories: One

German submarine U-250 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II. The submarine was laid down on 9 January 1943 at the Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft yard at Kiel as yard number 684. She was launched on 11 November 1943 and commissioned on 12 December under the command of Kapitänleutnant Werner-Karl Schmidt.[3]

In one patrol, she sank one ship.

The boat was sunk by the Soviet submarine chaser MO103 in the Gulf of Finland (Baltic) in July 1944.

Service history[edit]

After training with the 5th U-boat Flotilla at Kiel, U-249 transferred to the 8th flotilla on 1 July 1944.

Patrol, loss and capture[edit]

The boat's first and only patrol was preceded by a pair of short trips between Kiel in Germany, and Reval (now Tallinn in Estonia), and Grand Hotel (Poland). U-250‍ '​s first sortie proper started with her departure from Grand Hotel on 26 July 1944. She sank the Soviet submarine chaser or patrol boat M-105 on 26 July.

This sinking resulted in a concerted response on the part of the Soviets. M-103 made the kill; dropping a pattern of depth charges which opened a large hole in the U-boat's pressure hull. Only six men escaped the submarine, forty-six others did not; the U-boat sank in the relatively shallow depth of 27 m (89 ft). It was decided to raise U-250, despite her proximity to the German-held shore. Harassing artillery fire was met with a constant smokescreen while divers worked. The Soviets succeeded in raising the boat and taking her to Kronstadt in September 1944 where she was examined.[1] She then served briefly in the Soviet navy as the TS-14 before being broken up.[3]

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Ship Name Nationality Tonnage Fate[4]
30 July 1944 MO-105  Soviet Navy 56 Sunk

Armament[edit]

FLAK weaponry[edit]

U-250 was mounted with a single 3.7 cm Flakzwilling M43U gun on the LM 42U mount. The LM 42U mount was the most common mount used with the 3.7 cm Flak M42U. The 3.7 cm Flak M42U was the marine version of the 3.7 cm Flak used by the Kriegsmarine on Type VII and Type IX U-boats.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kemp 1999, pp. 206-7.
  2. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 72-74.
  3. ^ a b c Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type VIIC boat U-250". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by U-250". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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. 
  • Kemp, Paul (1999). U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars. London: Arms & Armour. ISBN 1-85409-515-3. 

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