German submarine U-3506

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Career
Name: U-3506
Ordered: 6 November 1943
Builder: Schichau-Werke, Danzig
Yard number: 1651
Laid down: 14 July 1944
Launched: 28 August 1944
Commissioned: 16 October 1944
Homeport: Danzig
Identification: M 46 726
Fate: Scuttled in the Elbe II U-boat bunker, Hamburg, May 1945. Currently buried.
General characteristics
Type: Type XXI submarine
Displacement: 1,621 t (1,595 long tons) surfaced
2,100 t (2,067 long tons) submerged
Length: 76.7 m (251 ft 8 in)
Beam: 8 m (26 ft 3 in)
Draught: 5.3 m (17 ft 5 in)
Propulsion: Diesel/Electric
2 × MAN M6V40/46KBB supercharged 6-cylinder diesel engines, 4,000 PS (2.9 MW)
2 × SSW GU365/30 double-acting electric motors, 5,000 PS (3.7 MW)
2 × SSW GV232/28 silent running electric motors, 226 PS (0.166 MW)
Speed: Surfaced:
15.6 kn (28.9 km/h) (diesel)
17.9 kn (33.2 km/h) (electric)
Submerged:
17.2 kn (31.9 km/h) (electric)
6.1 kn (11.3 km/h) (silent running motors)
Range: 15,500 nautical miles (28,700 km; 17,800 mi) at 10 kn (19 km/h) surfaced
340 nautical miles (630 km; 390 mi) at 5 kn (9.3 km/h) submerged
Complement: 57 officers and men
Sensors and
processing systems:
Type F432 D2 Radar Transmitter
FuMB Ant 3 Bali Radar Detector
Armament: 6 × bow torpedo tubes
23 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedoes
(or 17 × torpedoes and 12 × mines)
4 × 20 mm cannon
Service record[1]
Part of: 8th U-boat Flotilla
(16 October 1944–15 February 1945)
5th U-boat Flotilla
(16 February–2 May 1945)
Commanders: Kptlt. Gerhard Thäter
(14 October 1944–2 May 1945)
Operations: None
Victories: None

German submarine U-3506 was a Type XXI U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II. The Elektroboote submarine was laid down on 14 July 1944 at the Schichau-Werke yard at Danzig, launched on 28 August 1944, and commissioned on 16 October 1944 under the command of Kapitänleutnant Gerhard Thäter.[1]

Service history[edit]

U-3506 undertook no war patrols, with no ships sunk or damaged, remaining as a training vessel for the duration of the war.[1] U-3506 was one of three Type XXI boats (along with U-2505 and U-3004) that were scuttled in the Elbe II U-boat bunker. The bunker has since been filled in with gravel, although even that did not initially deter many souvenir hunters who measured the position of open hatches and dug down to them to allow the removal of artifacts.[2] The boat now lies beneath a car park and she and the other wrecks are completely inaccessible. The site is located in the Free Port of Hamburg and in order to access it one must present a passport.[3]

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Notes
  1. ^ a b c "The Type XXI boat U-3506 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". uboat.net. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Hitler's U-boat Bases (2002), Jak P Mallmann Showell, Sutton Publishing ISBN 0-7509-2606-6
  3. ^ "uboat.net - History - Type XXI U-boats in Elbe II bunker in Hamburg". uboat.net. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
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