German submarine U-519

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-519
Ordered: 14 February 1940
Builder: Deutsche Werft, Hamburg
Yard number: 334
Laid down: 23 June 1941
Launched: 12 February 1942
Commissioned: 7 May 1942
Fate: Missing in the Bay of Biscay since 31 January 1943[1]
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: Type IXC submarine
Displacement: 1,120 t (1,100 long tons) surfaced
1,232 t (1,213 long tons) submerged
Length: 76.76 m (251 ft 10 in) o/a
58.7 m (192 ft 7 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.76 m (22 ft 2 in) o/a
4.4 m (14 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Height: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
Draft: 4.7 m (15 ft 5 in)
Propulsion: 2 × MAN M 9 V 40/46 supercharged 9-cylinder diesel engines, 4,400 hp (3,281 kW)
2 × SSW 2 GU 345/34 double acting electric motors, 1,000 hp (746 kW)
Speed: 18.3 knots (33.9 km/h; 21.1 mph) surfaced
7.7 knots (14.3 km/h; 8.9 mph) submerged
Range: 13,450 nmi (24,910 km; 15,480 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
64 nautical miles (119 km; 74 mi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Complement: 48 to 56
Armament:
Service record[1][3]
Part of: 4th U-boat Flotilla
(7 May–31 October 1942)
2nd U-boat Flotilla
(1 November 1942–31 January 1943)
Commanders: Kptlt. Günter Eppen
(7 May 1942–31 January 1943)
Operations: 1st patrol: 17 October–29 December 1942
2nd patrol: 30–31 January 1943
Victories: None

German submarine U-519 was a Type IXC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II. She was laid down on 23 June 1941 at the Deutsche Werft yard in Hamburg as yard number 334, launched on 12 February 1942 and commissioned on 7 May 1942 under the command of Kapitänleutnant Günter Eppen.

After training with the 4th U-boat Flotilla, U-519 was transferred to the 2nd U-boat Flotilla for front-line service on 1 November 1942.[1]

Service history[edit]

1st patrol[edit]

The U-boat left Kiel on 17 October 1942, moved through the gap between Iceland and the Faeroe Islands into the Atlantic Ocean and patrolled the vicinity of the Azores, joining the wolfpack Westwall between 8 November and 16 December. However she had no successes. She arrived at Lorient in occupied France on 29 December after 74 days at sea.[4]

2nd patrol[edit]

The boat departed Lorient for the last time on 30 January 1943. She has been posted missing since 31 January 1943. She was previously thought to have been sunk by "Tidewater Tillie," a B-24 Liberator of the 2d Antisubmarine Squadron, about six hundred miles west of Lorient.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type IXC boat U-519". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 105-7.
  3. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "War Patrols by German U-boat U-519". U-boat patrols - uboat.net. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  4. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Patrol of U-boat U-519 from 17 Oct 1942 to 29 Dec 1942". U-boat patrols - uboat.net. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 

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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