German submarine U-444

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Career
Name: U-444
Ordered: 13 April 1940
Builder: F. Schicau GmbH, Danzig
Yard number: 1499
Laid down: 10 February 1941
Launched: 26 February 1942
Commissioned: 9 May 1942
Fate: Sunk by Allied warships in mid-Atlantic, 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 × 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[2]
Part of: 8th U-boat Flotilla
(9 May–31 December 1942)
3rd U-boat Flotilla
(1 January–11 March 1943)
Commanders: Oblt.z.S. Albert Langfeld
(9 May 1942–11 March 1943)
Operations: 1st patrol:
17 December 1942–3 February 1943
2nd patrol:
1–11 March 1943
Victories: None

German submarine U-444 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

She carried out two patrols. She sank no ships.

She was a member of three wolfpacks.

She was sunk by Allied warships in mid-Atlantic in March 1943.[1]

Service history[edit]

The submarine was laid down on 10 February 1941 at F. Schicau GmbH in Danzig (now Gdansk) as 'werk' 1499, launched on 26 February 1942 and commissioned on 9 May under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Albert Langfeld.

She served with the 8th U-boat Flotilla from 9 May 1942 for training and the 3rd flotilla from 1 January 1943 for operations.

1st patrol[edit]

U-432's first patrol began from Kiel in Germany on 17 December 1942. She headed for the Atlantic Ocean, via the gap separating the Faroe and Shetland Islands. She arrived at La Pallice in occupied France on 3 February 1943.

2nd patrol and loss[edit]

U-444 left La Pallice on 1 March 1943; on the 11th she was sunk in mid-Atlantic by a combination of depth charges and ramming by the British destroyer HMS Harvester and the Free French corvette Aconit.

Forty-one men went down with U-444; there were four survivors.[3][4]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1997, Arms & Armour, ISBN 1-85409-515-3, p. 106
  2. ^ "The Type VIIC boat U-444 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  3. ^ http://uboat.net/boats/u444/htm
  4. ^ Kemp, p. 106.
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Coordinates: 51°14′N 29°18′W / 51.233°N 29.300°W / 51.233; -29.300