German submarine U-476

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Career
Name: U-476
Ordered: 10 April 1941
Builder: Deutsche Werke, Kiel
Yard number: 307
Laid down: 19 September 1942
Launched: 5 June 1943
Commissioned: 28 July 1943
Fate: Damaged by a British aircraft, northeast of Trondheim, May 1944; then scuttled by a German U-boat[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: 5th U-boat Flotilla
(28 July 1943–31 March 1944)
3rd U-boat Flotilla
(1 April–25 May 1944)
Commanders: Oblt.z.S. Otto Niethmann
(28 July 1943–25 May 1944)
Operations: 20–25 May 1944
Victories: None

German submarine U-476 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

She carried out one patrol. She sank no ships.

She was damaged by a British aircraft northwest of Trondheim in May 1944, then scuttled by a German U-boat.[1][4]

Service history[edit]

The submarine was laid down on 19 September 1942 at the Deutsche Werke in Kiel as 'werk' 307, launched on 5 June 1943 and commissioned on 28 July under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Otto Niethmann.

She served with the 5th U-boat Flotilla from 28 July 1943 for training and the 3rd flotilla from 1 April 1944 for operations.

Patrol and loss[edit]

U-432's only patrol was preceded by a short trip from Kiel in Germany to Bergen in Norway. The patrol itself began with the boat's departure from Bergen on 20 May 1944.

On the 24th she was attacked by a British PBY Catalina flying boat of No. 210 Squadron RAF. The damage inflicted was so serious that U-990 scuttled the boat with a torpedo the following day. U-990 had also rescued the survivors, but salvation was short-lived; she was sunk later-on, on the 25th.

Thirty-four men went down with U-469; there were twenty-one survivors.[1]

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References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c http://uboat.net/boats/u476/htm
  2. ^ Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1997, Arms & Armour, ISBN 1-85409-515-3, p. 191
  3. ^ "The Type VIIC boat U-476 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Kemp, p. 191
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