German submarine U-388

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-388
Ordered: 21 November 1940
Builder: Howaldtswerke, Kiel
Yard number: 19
Laid down: 12 September 1941
Launched: 12 November 1942
Commissioned: 31 December 1942
Fate: Sunk, 20 June 1943[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 × 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: 8,500 nmi (15,700 km; 9,800 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
80 nmi (150 km; 92 mi) 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:
Service record[2][3]
Part of: 5th U-boat Flotilla
(31 December 1942 – 1 June 1943)
9th U-boat Flotilla
(1–20 June 1943)
Commanders: Oblt.z.S.. Peter Sues
(31 December 1942 – 20 June 1943)
Operations: 1st patrol: 8–20 June 1943
Victories: None

German submarine U-388 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

The submarine was laid down on 12 September 1941 at the Howaldtswerke yard in Kiel, launched on 12 November 1942 and commissioned on 31 December 1942 under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Peter Sues.[2]

Service history[edit]

U-388 conducted her training as part of the 5th U-boat Flotilla, before being attached to the 9th U-boat Flotilla for front-line service on 1 June 1943.[2]

U-388 sailed from Kiel on 8 June 1943 on her first patrol in the Atlantic. On 20 June, she was sunk south-east of Cape Farewell, Greenland, in position 57°36′N 31°20′W / 57.600°N 31.333°W / 57.600; -31.333Coordinates: 57°36′N 31°20′W / 57.600°N 31.333°W / 57.600; -31.333, by depth charges from a PBY Catalina aircraft of United States Navy Squadron VP-84, and was lost with all 47 men on board.[2]

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Notes
  1. ^ Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1997, Arms & Armour, ISBN 1-85409-515-3, p. 126.
  2. ^ a b c d "The Type VIIC boat U-388 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". uboat.net. Retrieved 13 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "War Patrols by German U-boat U-388 - Boats - uboat.net". uboat.net. Retrieved 13 January 2010. 
Bibliography
  • Busch, Rainer; Röll, Hans-Joachim (1999). Deutsche U-Boot-Verluste von September 1939 bis Mai 1945. Der U-Boot-Krieg (in German) IV (Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn: Mittler). ISBN 3-8132-0514-2. 
  • Gröner, Erich (1985). U-Boote, Hilfskreuzer, Minenschiffe, Netzleger, Sperrbrecher. Die deutschen Kriegsschiffe 1815-1945 (in German) III (Koblenz: Bernard & Graefe). ISBN 3-7637-4802-4. 

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