German submarine U-298

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Career
Name: U-298
Ordered: 23 March 1942
Builder: Bremer Vulkan, Bremen-Vegesack
Yard number: 63
Laid down: 23 February 1943
Launched: 25 October 1943
Commissioned: 1 December 1943
Fate: Surrendered, 8 May 1945
Sunk, 29 November 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 × 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
(December 1943–July 1944)
U-Abwehrschule
(July 1944–May 1945)
Commanders: Oblt.z.S.. Ortwin Hensellek
(1–21 December 1943)
Oblt.z.S.. Otto Hohmann
(21 December 1943–17 July 1944)
Oblt. Heinrich Gehrken
(18 July 1944–8 May 1945)
Operations: No patrols
Victories: None

German submarine U-298 was a Type VIIC/41 U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

She was laid down on 23 February 1943 by the Bremer Vulkan company at Bremen-Vegesack as 'werk' 63. She was launched on 25 October 1943, and commissioned on 1 December with Oberleutnant zur See Ortwin Hensellek in command.

Service history[edit]

Hensellek was replaced after only three weeks by Oblt.z.S.. Otto Hohmann while U-298 completed the training of her crew while part of the 8th U-boat Flotilla in the Baltic Sea.

In July 1944 U-298 sailed to Bergen, Norway, to join the U-Abwehrschule (U-boat School) where she remained as a training boat, under the command of Oblt.z.S. Heinrich Gehrken, until ordered to surrender on 8 May 1945.

Disposal[edit]

U-298 was sailed from Bergen on 30 May 1945, arriving at Loch Ryan, Scotland, on 4 June via Scapa Flow. She was towed out to position 55°35′N 7°54′W / 55.583°N 7.900°W / 55.583; -7.900Coordinates: 55°35′N 7°54′W / 55.583°N 7.900°W / 55.583; -7.900 by HMS Fowey as part of "Operation Deadlight" on 28 November 1945, and sunk by shellfire from HMS Onslow and Cubitt the next day.[2]

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Notes
  1. ^ "The Type VIIC/41 boat U-298 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 2010-01-06. 
  2. ^ "Deutsche U-Boote 1935 - 1945". www.u-boot-archiv.de. Retrieved 2010-01-06.  (German)
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