German submarine U-392

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Career
Name: U-392
Ordered: 20 January 1941
Builder: Howaldtswerke, Kiel
Yard number: 24
Laid down: 10 January 1942
Commissioned: 29 May 1943
Fate: Sunk, by US aircraft and British warships in the Strait of Gibraltar in March 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: 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]
Part of: 5th U-boat Flotilla
(29 May–30 November 1943)
1st U-boat Flotilla
(1 December 1943–16 March 1944)
Commanders: Oblt.z.S. Henning Schümann
(29 May 1943–16 March 1944)
Operations: 1st patrol:
2 December 1943–20 January 1944
2nd patrol:
29 February–16 March 1944
Victories: None

German submarine U-392 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II. She carried out two patrols. She did not sink or damage any ships. She was sunk by US aircraft and British warships in the Strait of Gibraltar in March 1944.[3]

Service history[edit]

The submarine was laid down on 10 January 1942 at the Howaldtswerke (yard) at Flensburg as 'werk' 24, launched on 10 April 1943 and commissioned on 29 May under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Henning Schümann.

The boat was a member of five wolfpacks.

She served with the 5th U-boat Flotilla from 29 May 1943 and the 1st flotilla from 1 December of the same year.

1st patrol[edit]

The boat departed Kiel on 2 December 1943. She passed through the gap that separates Iceland and the Faroe Islands, turned about and headed northeast of Iceland; she then turned about once more and made for the northern Atlantic Ocean. She docked in Brest in occupied France on 20 January 1944.

2nd patrol and loss[edit]

U-392 had departed Brest on 29 February 1944, heading south. On 16 March, she was attacked and sunk by depth charges from three US PBY Catalinas, the British frigate HMS Affleck and the British destroyer HMS Vanoc in the Strait of Gibraltar.

52 men died in the U-boat; 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, pp. 177-178
  2. ^ "The Type VIIC boat U-392 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  3. ^ http://uboat.net/boats/u392/htm
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