German submarine U-326

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Career
Name: U-326
Ordered: 16 July 1942
Builder: Flender Werke, Lübeck
Yard number: 326
Laid down: 26 April 1943
Launched: 22 April 1944
Commissioned: 6 June 1944
Fate: Sunk by an American aircraft, April 1945[1]
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 × GL RP 137/c 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[2][3]
Part of: 4th U-boat Flotilla
(6 June 1944–28 February 1945)
11th U-boat Flotilla
(1 March–25 April 1945)
Commanders: Kptlt. Peter Matthes
(6 June 1944–25 April 1945)
Operations: One
28 March–25 April 1945
Victories: None

German submarine U-326 was a Type VIIC/41 U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

She carried out one patrol but sank or damaged no ships.

The boat was sunk in May 1945 in the Bay of Biscay by an American aircraft.

Service history[edit]

The submarine was laid down on 26 April 1943 by the Flender Werke yard at Lübeck as 'werk' 326, launched on 22 April 1944 and commissioned on 6 June under the command of Kapitänleutnant Peter Matthes.

She served with the 4th U-boat Flotilla for training, from 6 June 1944 to 28 February 1945. She was then transferred to the 11th flotilla for operations on 1 March.

Patrol[edit]

Having carried out a series of short voyages between Kiel in Germany and Horten, Stavanger and Bergen in Norway in February and March 1945, U-326 departed Bergen on 28 March and passing western Scotland and Ireland, entered the Bay of Biscay.

Fate[edit]

The boat was sunk by a homing torpedo dropped from an American B-24 Liberator west of Brest on 25 April 1945.[4]

Forty-three men died; there were no survivors.

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1997, Arms & Armour, ISBN 1-85409-515-3, p. 254
  2. ^ "The Type VIIC/41 boat U-326 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "War Patrols by German U-boat U-326 - Boats - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.u-boot-archiv.de/dieboote/u0326html U-326 at u-boot-archiv.de
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