German submarine U-299

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Career
Name: U-299
Ordered: 23 March 1942
Builder: Bremer Vulkan Werft, Bremen-Vegesack
Yard number: 64
Laid down: 1 March 1943
Launched: 6 November 1943
Commissioned: 15 December 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
(15 December 1943–31 July 1944)
11th U-boat Flotilla
(1 August–4 November 1944)
13th U-boat Flotilla
(5 November 1944–28 February 1945)
14th U-boat Flotilla
(1 March–8 May 1945)
Commanders: Oblt.z.S. Helmuth Heinrich
(15 December 1943–9 August 1944)
Oblt.z.S. Dietrich Zehle
(9 August–3 September 1944)
Oblt.z.S. Helmuth Heinrich
(3 September–31 October 1944)
Oblt.z.S. Bernhard Emde
(1 November 1944–8 May 1945)
Operations: Six patrols:
5 July–20 July 1944
11 October–28 October 1944
13 November–16 November 1944
21 November–31 December 1944
18 January–21 January 1945
24 January–15 April 1945
Victories: None

German submarine U-299 was a Type VIIC/41 U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

She was laid down on 1 March 1943 by the Bremer Vulkan Werft (yard) at Bremen-Vegesack as 'werk' 64, launched on 6 November 1943 and commissioned on 15 December with Oberleutnant zur See Helmuth Heinrich in command.

In six patrols, she sank no ships. She was a member of one wolfpack.

She surrendered at Kristiansand-Sud in May 1945 and was sunk as part of Operation Deadlight in December.

Service history[edit]

The boat's service life began with training with the 8th U-boat Flotilla in December 1943. She was then transferred to the 11th flotilla for operations on 1 August 1944. She was reassigned to the 13th flotilla on 5 November and moved again to the 14th flotilla on 1 March 1945.

1st and 2nd patrols[edit]

U-295's first patrol was notable in that she came under air attack on 16 July 1944. The commander was wounded. She had been part of a defence line off the Norwegian coast.

She then embarked on a pair of short journeys between Bergen, Larvik and Kristiansand.

Her second foray, between Kristiansand and Bergen was uneventful.

3rd and 4th patrols[edit]

The submarine's third sortie took her into the Barents Sea, off Murmansk.

Her fourth patrol started in Trondheim and finished in Bogenbrucht, (west of Narvik).

5th patrol[edit]

She departed Bogenbrucht on 18 January 1945 and arrived at Trondheim on the 21st.

6th patrol and fate[edit]

The boat departed Trondheim on 24 January 1945. Her route covered the North and Norwegian Seas. She docked in Kristiansand on 15 April. She was at sea for 84 days, her longest patrol.

She surrendered at Kristiansand-sud on 9 May 1945 and in accordance with the terms, she was transferred to Loch Ryan in western Scotland for Operation Deadlight on the 29th. Having been towed out to the scuttling area by HMS Obedient, she was sunk without ceremony on 4 December.[2]

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