German submarine U-287

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Career
Name: U-287
Ordered: 5 June 1941
Builder: Bremer Vulkan, Bremen-Vegesack
Yard number: 52
Laid down: 8 August 1942
Launched: 13 April 1943
Commissioned: 22 September 1943
Fate: Sunk, May 1945 by a mine (other sources say she was scuttled)
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: 24th U-boat Flotilla
(22 September 1943–28 February 1945)
31st U-boat Flotilla
(1 March–8 May 1945)
Commanders: Oblt.z.S. Heinrich Meyer
(22 September1943–16 May 1945)
Operations: One patrol:
29 April–16 May 1945
Victories: None

German submarine U-287 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

The submarine was laid down on 8 August 1942 at the Bremer Vulkan yard at Bremen-Vegesack as 'werk' 52. She was launched on 13 August 1943 and commissioned on 22 September under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Heinrich Meyer.[1]

She did not sink or damage any ships.

She was sunk by a mine in May 1945 in the Elbe estuary. (Other sources say she was scuttled).[3]

Service history[edit]

U-287 served with the 24th U-boat Flotilla for training from September 1943 to February 1945 and operationally with the 31st flotilla from 1 March.

The boat's only patrol was preceded by two short voyages from Kiel in April 1945 to Horten and Kristiansand in Norway (the former being located northeast of Kristiansand).[4]

Patrol and loss[edit]

The boat departed Kristiansand on 29 April 1945 and was sunk by a mine on 16 May - other sources say she was scuttled in the Attenbuch roadstead (see above).

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b "The Type VIIC boat U-287 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "War Patrols by German U-boat U-287 - Boats - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.u-boot-archiv.de/dieboote/u0287html U-287 at u-boot-archiv.de
  4. ^ The Times Atlas of the World - Third edition, revised 1995, ISBN 0 7230 0809 4, p. 12
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Coordinates: 53°50′N 8°50′E / 53.833°N 8.833°E / 53.833; 8.833