German submarine U-289

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-289
Ordered: 5 June 1941
Builder: Bremer Vulkan, Bremen-Vegesack
Yard number: 54
Laid down: 12 September 1942
Launched: 25 May 1943
Commissioned: 10 July 1943
Fate: Sunk, May 1944 by a British warship[1]
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: Type VIIC submarine
Displacement: 769 tonnes (757 long tons) surfaced
871 t (857 long tons) submerged
Length: 67.1 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
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 × 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][4]
Part of: 8th U-boat Flotilla
(10 July 1943–31 March 1944)
3rd U-boat Flotilla
(1 April–1 May 1944)
13th U-boat Flotilla
(1 May–31 May 1944)
Commanders: Kptlt. Alexander Hellwig
(10 July 1943–31 May 1944)
Operations: Two patrols:
19 April–6 May 1944
12 May–31 May 1944
Victories: None

German submarine U-289 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

The submarine was laid down on 12 September 1942 at the Bremer Vulkan yard at Bremen-Vegesack as yard number 54. She was launched on 25 May 1943 and commissioned on 10 July under the command of Kapitänleutnant Alexander Hellwig.[3]

She did not sink or damage any ships.

She was sunk by a British destroyer in May 1944.

Service history[edit]

U-289 served with the 8th U-boat Flotilla for training from July 1943 to March 1944 and operationally with the 3rd flotilla from 1 April. She was reassigned to the 13th flotilla in early May 1944.

1st patrol[edit]

The boat's initial foray, which was preceded by a short voyage from Kiel to Bergen in Norway, began with her departure from the Nordic port on 19 April 1944 and finished at Narvik on 6 May.

2nd patrol and loss[edit]

She departed Narvik on 12 May 1944. On the 31st she was sunk by depth charges dropped by the British destroyer HMS Milne northeast of Jan Mayen Island.[1]

Fifty-one men died; there were no survivors.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kemp 1999, p. 193.
  2. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 72-74.
  3. ^ a b Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type VIIC boat U-289". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "War Patrols by German U-boat U-289". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 

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. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 73°32′N 0°28′E / 73.533°N 0.467°E / 73.533; 0.467