German submarine U-327

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Career
Name: U-327
Ordered: 16 July 1942
Builder: Flender Werke, Lübeck
Yard number: 327
Laid down: 15 April 1943
Launched: 27 May 1944
Commissioned: 18 July 1944
Fate: Sunk by British warships, February 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
(18 July 1944–31 January 1945)
11th U-boat Flotilla
(1–27 February 1945)
Commanders: Kplt. Hans Lemcke
(18 July 1944–27 February 1945)
Operations: Three patrols:
20–24 January 1945
28–29 January 1945
30 January–27 February 1945
Victories: None

German submarine U-327 was a Type VIIC/41 U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

She carried out three patrols, but did not sink any ships.

The boat was sunk in February 1945 by British warships in the English Channel.[4]

Service history[edit]

The submarine was laid down on 15 April 1943 by the Flender Werke yard at Lübeck as 'werk' 327, launched on 27 May 1944 and commissioned on 18 July under the command of Kapitänleutnant Hans Lemcke.

She served with the 4th U-boat Flotilla for training, from 18 July 1944 to 31 January 1945 and the 11th flotilla for operations until her sinking on 27 February.

1st patrol[edit]

U-327 departed Kiel on 20 January 1945 and arrived in Horten in Norway (south of Oslo), on the 24th.

2nd patrol[edit]

The boat left Horten on 28 January 1945. She arrived at Kristiansand the next day.

3rd patrol and loss[edit]

U-327 commenced her third patrol on 30 January 1945. On 27 February she was sunk by depth charges dropped by the British frigates HMS Labuan and Loch Fada. With them in the western English Channel was the sloop HMS Wild Goose.

Forty-six men died; there were no survivors.

Previously recorded fate[edit]

The boat was reported missing after 31 January 1945 southwest of the British coast.

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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. 235
  2. ^ "The Type VIIC/41 boat U-327 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "War Patrols by German U-boat U-327 - Boats - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Kemp, p. 235
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