German submarine U-430

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Career
Name: U-430
Ordered: 25 August 1941
Builder: Danziger Werft, Danzig
Yard number: 131
Laid down: 5 October 1942
Launched: 22 April 1943
Commissioned: 4 August 1943
Fate: Sunk in northern Germany, May 1945 by US bombs.[1][2]
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 kn (19 km/h) surfaced
150 km (81 nmi) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h) 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[3]
Part of: 8th U-boat Flotilla
(4–31 August 1943)
21st U-boat Flotilla
(1 September 1943–1 February 1945)
31st U-boat Flotilla
(1 February–30 March 1945)
Commanders: Itlalian Commander
Otto Heinrich Nachtigall
(10 September 1943–5 January 1944)
Oblt.z.S. Ulrich Hammer
(6 January 1944–30 March 1945)
Operations: None
Victories: None

German submarine U-430 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

She carried out no patrols. She did not sink or damage any ships.

She was sunk in northern Germany by US bombs in March 1945.[1]

Service history[edit]

The submarine was laid down on 5 October 1942 at the Danziger Werft (yard) at Danzig (now Gdansk), as 'werk' 131, launched on 22 April 1943 and commissioned on 4 August under an Italian commander.

She served with the 8th U-boat Flotilla from 4 August 1943 and the 21st flotilla from 1 September. She was reassigned to the 31st flotilla on 1 February 1945.

The U-boat was named S-6 after being acquired by the Italian Navy in exchange for some transport ships. She returned to Germany after the Italian surrender where she was renamed U-430.

Fate[edit]

The submarine was sunk by US bombs near Bremen on 30 March 1945.

Two men died; the number of survivors is unknown.

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b http://uboat.net/boats/u430/htm
  2. ^ Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1997, Arms & Armour, ISBN 1-85409-515-3, p. 241
  3. ^ "The Type VIIC boat U-430 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
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