German submarine U-336

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Career
Name: U-336
Ordered: 15 August 1940
Builder: Nordseewerke, Emden
Yard number: 208
Laid down: 28 March 1941
Launched: 4 December 1941
Commissioned: 14 February 1942
Fate: Sunk, October 1942 by a British aircraft[1]
General characteristics
Type: Type VIIC submarine
Displacement: 769 tonnes (757 long tons) surfaced
871 t (857 long tons) submerged
Length: 67.1 m (220 ft 2 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: 15,170 km (8,190 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: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 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: 8th U-boat Flotilla
(14 February–30 November 1942)
1st U-boat Flotilla
(1 December 1942–5 October 1943)
Commanders: Kptlt. Hans Hunger
(14 February 1942–5 October 1943)
Operations: Five patrols:
12–13 November 1942
28 November 1942–8 January 1943
2 March–11 April 1943
8 May–17 July 1943
14 September–5 October 1943
Victories: One ship sunk, of 4,919 GRT

German submarine U-336 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II. The submarine was laid down on 28 March 1941 at the Nordseewerke yard at Emden as 'werk' 208, launched on 4 December and commissioned on 14 February 1942 under the command of Kapitänleutnant Hans Hunger.

Service history[edit]

After training with the 5th U-boat Flotilla, she moved to the 1st flotilla for front-line service in December 1942.

The boat carried out five patrols, sinking one ship.

She was a member of ten wolfpacks.

1st patrol[edit]

The boat's first patrol was very brief; starting and finishing in Kiel on the 12th and 13 November 1942.

2nd patrol[edit]

Her second foray also started in Kiel, but terminated in Brest in occupied France after passing between the Faroe and Shetland Islands. She sank the Belgian tanker President Francqui on 29 December 1942 north of the Azores. The ship had already been hit by two torpedoes. U-336 finished her off with a 'coup de grâce'.

3rd patrol[edit]

The submarine's third sortie was again into the mid-Atlantic. She spent days scouring the empty wastes, but returned to Brest without success.

4th patrol[edit]

'U-336's fourth patrol was, at 71 days, her longest. She was attacked by an unidentified aircraft on 10 July 1943 west of Lisbon. Slight damage was the result.

5th patrol[edit]

U-336 left Brest for the last time on 14 September 1943. Initially she headed west, out of the Bay of Biscay. On the 24th, she turned north.

Fate[edit]

On 5 October, she was sunk by rockets fired by a British Lockheed Hudson of No. 269 Squadron RAF in the Denmark Strait,[4] (between Greenland and Iceland).[5]

Fifty men died; there were no survivors.[6]

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate[7]
29 December 1942 President Francqui  Belgium 4,919 Sunk

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1999, Arms & Armour, ISBN 1-85409-515-3, p. 146.
  2. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type VIIC boat U-336". uboat.net. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "War Patrols by German U-boat U-336". uboat.net. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Kemp, p. 146
  5. ^ The Times Atlas of the World - Third edition, revised 1995, ISBN 0 7230 0809 4, p. 2
  6. ^ http://uboat.net/boats/u336/htm
  7. ^ "U-336 successes". UBoat.net. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
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