German submarine U-276

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-276
Ordered: 10 April 1941
Builder: Bremer Vulkan, Bremen-Vegesack
Yard number: 41
Laid down: 24 February 1942
Launched: 24 October 1942
Commissioned: 9 December 1942
Fate: De-commissioned in September 1944. Employed as a floating electrical generator. Scuttled in 1945
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: 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: 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: 8th U-boat Flotilla
(9 December 1942–29 February 1944)
1st U-boat Flotilla
(1 March–1 July 1944)
31st U-boat Flotilla
(1 July–29 September 1944)
Commanders: Oblt.z.S. Jürgen Thimme
(9 December 1942–19 October 1943)
Kplt. Rolf Borchers
(20 October 1943–18 July 1944
Oblt.z.S. Heinz Zwang 19 July–29 September 1944
Operations: 1st patrol:
22 March–6 April 1944
2nd patrol:
18 April–2 May 1944
3rd patrol:
8 June–25 June 1944
Victories: None

German submarine U-276 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

The submarine was laid down on 24 February 1942 at the Bremer Vulkan yard at Bremen-Vegesack as yard number 41. She was launched on 24 October and commissioned on 9 December under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Jürgen Thimme.[1]

Service history[edit]

U-274 served with the 8th U-boat Flotilla for training from December 1942 to February 1944 and operationally with the 1st U-boat Flotilla from 1 March 1944.[1] She was then reassigned to the 31st U-boat Flotilla on 1 July. She carried out three patrols, but sank no ships.

She was 'stricken' in September 1944 at Neustadt and used as a floating electrical generating plant. She was scuttled in May 1945.

She carried out short voyages between Kiel in Germany and Bergen and Trondheim in Norway over February and March 1944.

1st patrol[edit]

The boat departed Trondheim on 22 March 1944 and returned to the Norwegian port fifteen days later on 6 April.

2nd patrol[edit]

Her second sortie was relatively uneventful, apart from two crew members being wounded in an accident with the anti-aircraft gun.

3rd patrol[edit]

By now the boat was based at Stavanger, from where she departed on 8 June 1944. She returned there on the 25th.

The submarine sailed back to Kiel in July 1944.

Fate[edit]

The boat was 'stricken' at Neustadt on 29 September 1944 and re-employed as a floating electrical generator. On 3 May 1945, the U-boat was damaged in a rocket attack by four Hawker Typhoons of No. 175 Squadron RAF. As a result of the damage, she was scuttled later that same day.[3]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c "The Type VIIC boat U-276 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "War Patrols by German U-boat U-276 - Boats - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.u-boot-archiv.de/dieboote/u0276.html U-276 at u-boot-archiv.de
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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