German submarine U-484

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-484
Ordered: 5 June 1941
Builder: Deutsche Werke, Kiel
Yard number: 319
Laid down: 27 March 1943
Launched: 20 November 1943
Commissioned: 19 January 1944
Fate: Sunk by British warships northwest of Ireland, September 1944[1][2]
General characteristics [3]
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 × 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[1]
Part of: 5th U-boat Flotilla
(19 January – 31 July 1944)
3rd U-boat Flotilla
(1 August – 9 October 1944)
Commanders: K.Kapt. Wolf-Axel Schaefer
(19 January – 9 September 1944)
Operations: 14 August – 9 September 1944
Victories: None

German submarine U-484 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 sunk by British warships northwest of Ireland, in September 1944.[2]

Service history[edit]

The submarine was laid down on 27 March 1943 at the Deutsche Werke in Kiel as yard number 319, launched on 20 November and commissioned on 19 January 1944 under the command of Korvettenkapitän Wolf-Axel Schaefer.

She served with the 5th U-boat Flotilla from 19 January 1944 for training and the 3rd flotilla from 1 August for operations.

Patrol and loss[edit]

U-484‍ '​s only patrol was preceded by a short trip from Kiel in Germany to Horten (south of Oslo), in Norway. The patrol itself began with the boat's departure from Horten on 18 August 1944. She passed through the gap separating Iceland and the Faroe Islands and was shortly afterwards attacked and sunk by depth charges dropped by two British warships, the corvette HMS Portchester Castle and the frigate HMS Helmsdale.

Fifty-two men went down with U-484; there were no survivors.[1][2]

Previously recorded fate[edit]

Sunk on 9 September 1944 by depth charges from two Canadian warships, the corvette HMCS Dunver and the frigate HMCS Hespeler. This attack was on a non-submarine target.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type VIIC boat U-477". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Kemp 1999, p. 217.
  3. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 72-74.

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. 
  • Kemp, Paul (1999). U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars. London: Arms & Armour. ISBN 1-85409-515-3. 

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