German submarine U-252

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Career
Name: U-252
Ordered: 23 September 1939[1]
Builder: Vegesacker Werft, Bremen
Yard number: werk 17[1]
Laid down: 1 November 1940[1]
Launched: 7 December 1941[1]
Commissioned: 4 October 1941[1]
Fate: Sunk, 14 April 1942[2]
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 F 46 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: 48 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[3][4]
Part of: 6th U-boat Flotilla
(11 January–14 April 1941
Commanders: Kptlt. Gunter Schiebusch
(4 October–20 December 1941)
Kplt. Kai Lerchen (21 December 1941–14 April 1942)
Operations: 1st patrol: 1 April–14 April 1942
Victories: None

German submarine U-252 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II. The submarine was laid down on 1 November 1940 at the Vegesacker Werft at Bremen as Werk 17, launched on 14 August 1941 and commissioned on 4 October under the command of Kapitänleutnant Gunter Schiebusch.

Schiebusch was replaced by Kapitänleutnant Kai Lerchen on 21 December 1941. After training with the 6th U-boat Flotilla at Kiel, U-252 was deemed to be ready for front-line service and sailed on her first patrol on 1 April 1942. U-252 is thought to have sunk the 1,355 Norwegian Fanefield on 9 April.[5] Five days later she encountered convoy OG 82, and was attacked and sunk by depth charges from the sloop HMS Stork and the corvette HMS Vetch on 14 April 1942.[6][7]

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Ship Name Nationality Tonnage Fate[8]
9 April 1942 Fanefjeld  Norway 1,355 Sunk

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "U-252 Type VIIC". ubootwaffe.net. Retrieved 20 May 2012. [dead link]
  2. ^ Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1999, Arms & Armour, ISBN 1-85409-515-3, p. 81.
  3. ^ "U-252". German U-boats of WWII. Uboat.net. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "War Patrols by U-252". Boats. Uboat.net. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Fanefjeld at uboat.net. Retrieved 18 December 2012
  6. ^ Kemp, p 81
  7. ^ Neistle p50
  8. ^ http://www.uboat.net/boats/successes/u252.html