German submarine U-293

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Name: U-293
Ordered: 14 October 1941
Builder: Bremer Vulkan Werft, Bremen-Vegesack
Yard number: 58
Laid down: 17 November 1942
Launched: 30 July 1943
Commissioned: 8 September 1943
Fate: Surrendered, May 1945; sunk as part of Operation Deadlight, December 1945
General characteristics
Type: Type VIIC/41 submarine
Displacement: 769 long tons (781 t) surfaced
871 long tons (885 t) 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
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: 15,725 km (8,491 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: 250 m (820 ft)
Crush depth: 275–325 m (902–1,066 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]
Part of: 8th U-boat Flotilla
(8 September 1943–1 April 1944)
9th U-boat Flotilla
(1 April–31 July 1944)
11th U-boat Flotilla
(1 August–4 September 1944)
13th U-boat Flotilla
(5 September 1944–8 May 1945)
Commanders: Kptlt. Leonhard Klingspor
(8 August 1943–11 May 1945)
Oblt.z.S. Erich Steinbrink (December 1944–March 1945)
Operations: Six patrols:
16 September–22 September 1944
25 September–4 October 1944
14 October–6 November 1944
21 November–19 December 1944
1 January–15 February 1945
1 April–11 May 1945
Victories: One warship damaged

German submarine U-293 was a Type VIIC/41 U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

She was laid down on 17 November 1942 by the Bremer Vulkan Werft (yard) at Bremen-Vegesack as 'werk' 58, launched on 30 July 1943, and commissioned on 8 September with Kapitänleutnant Leonhard Klingspor in command.

In six patrols, she damaged one warship.

She surrendered at Loch Eriboll in Scotland in May 1945 and was sunk as part of Operation Deadlight in December 1945.

Service history[edit]

The boat's service life began with training with the 8th U-boat Flotilla in September 1943. She was then transferred to the 9th flotilla for operations on 1 April 1944. She was reassigned to the 11th flotilla on 1 August and moved again to the 13th flotilla on 5 September.

There followed a series of short voyages between Kiel in Germany and Arendal, Bergen, Trondheim and Stavanger in Norway from April to September 1944.

1st and 2nd patrols[edit]

U-293's first patrol was along the Norwegian coast.

Her second foray was between Narvik and Hammerfest in the far north.

3rd and 4th patrols[edit]

The submarine's third sortie took her into the Barents Sea off Murmansk. She returned to Narvik on 6 November 1944.

Her fourth patrol also started and finished in Narvik.

5th patrol[edit]

Her fifth effort was her longest, 46 days. It was also when she scored her only success - damaging the Soviet destroyer Razjarenyj on 20 January 1945.

6th patrol and fate[edit]

The boat departed Narvik for the last time on 1 April 1945. She arrived at Loch Eriboll in northern Scotland on 11 May. She was transferred to Loch Ryan for Operation Deadlight. She was damaged by the RAF and sunk by the guns of HMS Orwell on 13 December.

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Ship Name Nationality Displacement Fate[2]
20 January 1945 Razjarennyj  Soviet Navy 1,658 Damaged



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