German submarine U-29 (1936)

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For other ships of the same name, see German submarine U-29.
Career
Name: U-29
Ordered: 1 April 1935
Builder: AG Weser, Bremen
Cost: 4,189,000 Reichsmark
Yard number: 910
Laid down: 2 January 1936
Launched: 29 August 1936
Commissioned: 16 November 1936
Scuttled: 4 May 1945
Kupfermühlen Bay
Raised: 1948
Wreck broken up
Badge: Kriegsmarine Ensign
General characteristics [1][2]
Type: Type VIIA submarine
Displacement: 626 tonnes (616 long tons) surfaced
745 t (733 long tons) submerged
Length: 64.51 m (211 ft 8 in) o/a
45.5 m (149 ft 3 in) pressure hull
Beam: 5.85 m (19 ft 2 in) o/a
4.7 m (15 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Draft: 4.4 m (14 ft 5 in)
Propulsion: 2 × MAN 6-cylinder 4-stroke M6V 40/46 diesel engines, totaling 2,100–2,310 bhp (1,570–1,720 kW). Max rpm: 470-485
2 × BBC GG UB 720/8 electric motors, totaling 750 shp (560 kW). Max rpm: 322
Speed: 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph) surfaced
8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph) submerged
Range: 6,200 nautical miles (11,500 km; 7,100 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
73–94 nautical miles (135–174 km; 84–108 mi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 220 m (720 ft)
Crush depth: 230–250 m (750–820 ft)
Complement: 4 officers, 40–56 enlisted
Armament: 5 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedo tubes (4 bow, 1 stern)
11 × torpedoes or 22 TMA mines or 33 TMB mines
1 × 8.8 cm SK C/35 naval gun (220 rounds)
1 × 2 cm C/30 AA
Service record[3][4]
Part of: 2nd U-boat Flotilla
(16 November 1936–1 January 1941)
24th U-boat Flotilla
(2 January 1941–31 August 1943)
23rd U-boat Flotilla
(1 September–30 November 1943)
21st U-boat Flotilla
(1 December 1943–17 April 1944)
Identification codes: M 10 220
Commanders: Heinz Fischer
(16 November 1936–31 October 1938)
Georg-Heinz Michel
(1 November 1938–3 April 1939)
Kptlt. Otto Schuhart
(4 April 1939–2 January 1941)
Oblt.z.S. Georg Lassen
(3 January–14 September 1941)
Heinrich Hasenschar
(15 September 1941–5 May 1942)
Oblt.z.S. Karl-Heinz Marbach
(6 May–30 June 1942)
Oblt.z.S. Rudolf Zorn
(15 November 1942–20 August 1943)
Oblt.z.S. Eduard Aust
(21 August–2 November 1943)
Oblt.z.S. Graf Ulrich-Philipp von und zu Arco-Zinneberg
(3 November 1943–17 April 1944)
Operations: 1st patrol: 19 August–26 September 1939
2nd patrol: 14 November–16 December 1939
3rd patrol: 6 February–12 March 1940
4th patrol: 27 April–4 May 1940
5th patrol: 27 May–11 July 1940
6th patrol: 11 September–1 October 1940
7th patrol: 26 October–3 December 1940
Victories: 12 commercial ships sunk (67,277 GRT)
one warship sunk (22,500 GRT)

German submarine U-29 was a Type VIIA U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

She was laid down on 2 January 1936, launched on 29 August and commissioned on 10 November. During her career U-29 was involved in seven war patrols under the command of Kapitänleutnant Otto Schuhart.

Operational career[edit]

She was responsible for the first British warship sunk in the war, the aircraft carrier HMS Courageous, on 17 September 1939. (Three days earlier U-39 had attempted to torpedo HMS Ark Royal, but missed and was sunk by three British destroyers. Two years later U-81 hit Ark Royal with one torpedo, sinking her, but with the loss of only one life.)

In U-29's entire career, she sank 12 ships, totaling 67,277 GRT and one warship of 22,500 tons. At the beginning of 1941, U-29 was removed from front line duty and reassigned to the 24th U-boat Flotilla as a training submarine. U-29 was used in this role until April 1944 and as a range boat or gunnery platform.

Fate[edit]

She was scuttled in Kupfermühlen Bay, (east of Flensburg), on 4 May 1945. The wreck was broken up in 1948.

Emblem[edit]

U-29's emblem was an oak leaf, with an anchor, and a knife or dagger. She also shared this emblem with U-3, U-120, U-747, U-1274 and U-1308.[5]

Summary of Raiding History[edit]

Date Name of Ship Nationality Tonnage Fate[6]
8 September 1939 Regent Tiger  United Kingdom 10,176 Sunk
13 September 1939 Neptunia  United Kingdom 798 Sunk
14 September 1939 British Influence  United Kingdom 8,431 Sunk
17 September 1939 Courageous  Royal Navy 22,500 Sunk
3 March 1940 Cato  United Kingdom 710 Sunk (mine)
4 March 1940 Pacific Reliance  United Kingdom 6,717 Sunk
4 March 1940 Thurston  United Kingdom 3,072 Sunk
16 March 1940 Slava  Yugoslavia 4,512 Sunk (mine)
26 June 1940 Dimitris  Greece 5,254 Sunk
1 July 1940 Adamastos  Greece 7,466 Sunk
2 July 1940 Athellaird  United Kingdom 8,999 Sunk
2 July 1940 Santa Margarita  Panama 4,919 Sunk
25 September 1940 Eurymedon  United Kingdom 6,223 Sunk

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Type VIIA". U-Boat War in World War II. Uboat.net. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Type VII U-Boat". German U-boat. Uboataces.com. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Type VIIA boat U-29 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  4. ^ "War Patrols by German U-boat U-29 - Boats - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  5. ^ uboat.net - Emblem database
  6. ^ Ships hit by U-29 - U-boat Successes - German U-boats - uboat.net
Bibliography
  • Gröner, Erich (1985). "U-Boote, Hilfskreuzer, Minenschiffe, Netzleger, Sperrbrecher". Die deutschen Kriegsschiffe 1815-1945 III (Koblenz: Bernard&Graefe). ISBN 3-7637-4802-4. 

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Coordinates: 49°57′N 15°34′W / 49.950°N 15.567°W / 49.950; -15.567