German submarine U-393

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-393
Ordered: 20 January 1941
Builder: Howaldtswerke, Kiel
Yard number: 25
Laid down: 8 April 1942
Launched: 15 May 1943
Commissioned: 3 July 1943
Fate: Scuttled on 5 May 1945 near the Fyn Islands in Flensburger Förde
General characteristics [1]
Class and 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
Height: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
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]
Part of: 5th U-boat Flotilla
(3 July 1943–31 October 1944)
24th U-boat Flotilla
(1 November 1944–31 March 1944)
5th U-boat Flotilla
1 April–5 May 1945
Commanders: Oblt.z.S. Alfred Radermacher
(3 July 1943–30 September 1944)
Oblt.z.S. Walter Zenker
(1 October 1944–13 January 1945)
Oblt.z.S. Joachim Seeger
(14 January–April 1945)
Oblt.z.S. Friedrich-Georg Herrle
(April–4 May 1945)
Operations: None
Victories: None

German submarine U-393 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

She did not carry out any patrols and did not sink or damage any ships.

She was scuttled on 5 May 1945 in Flensburger Förde.[2]

Service history[edit]

The submarine was laid down on 8 April 1942 at the Howaldtswerke (yard) at Flensburg as yard number 25, launched on 15 May 1943 and commissioned on 3 July under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Alfred Radermacher.

She served with the 5th U-boat Flotilla from 3 July 1943 and the 24th flotilla as a trials vessel from 1 November 1944. She then came under the 5th flotilla once more from 1 April 1945.

Fate[edit]

U-393 was bombed by US aircraft in Gelting Bay on 4 May 1945. Two men were killed; there were an unknown number of survivors. She was scuttled the following day in the Flensburger Förde near the Fyn Islands.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 72-74.
  2. ^ a b Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type VIIC boat U-393". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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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