German submarine U-520

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-520
Ordered: 14 February 1940
Builder: Deutsche Werft, Hamburg
Yard number: 335
Laid down: 1 July 1941
Launched: 2 March 1942
Commissioned: 19 May 1942
Fate: Sunk, 30 October 1942[1]
General characteristics [2]
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[3][4]
Part of: 4th U-boat Flotilla
(19 May–30 September 1942)
2nd U-boat Flotilla
(1–30 October 1942)
Commanders: Kptlt. Volkmar Schwartzkopff
(19 May 1942–30 Oct 1942)
Operations: 1st patrol: 3–30 October 1942
Victories: None

German submarine U-520 was a Type IXC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II. The U-boat was laid down on 1 July 1941 at the Deutsche Werft yard in Hamburg as yard number 335, launched on 2 March 1942 and commissioned on 19 May 1942 under the command of Kapitänleutnant Volkmar Schwartzkopff. After training with the 4th U-boat Flotilla, she was transferred to the 2nd flotilla for front-line service on 1 October 1942.

Service history[edit]

U-520 sailed from Kiel on 3 October 1942, she negotiated the gap between the Faeroe and Shetland Islands and then turned west toward Cape Farewell, (the southern tip of Greenland). After a brief journey in the direction of Iceland, she headed southwest, then south, before being sunk east of Newfoundland in position 47°47′N 49°50′W / 47.783°N 49.833°W / 47.783; -49.833Coordinates: 47°47′N 49°50′W / 47.783°N 49.833°W / 47.783; -49.833 by depth charges from a Canadian Douglas Digby light bomber of No. 10 Squadron RCAF. All of her 53 crew members did not survive the sinking.[3][5]

In January 2006 an article in the Edmonton Journal reported that a team of divers planned to search for U-520 and another U-boat, U-190.

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1997, Arms & Armour, ISBN 1-85409-515-3, p. 94.
  2. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 105-6.
  3. ^ a b "The Type IXC boat U-520 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". uboat.net. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "War Patrols by German U-boat U-520 - Boats - uboat.net". uboat.net. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Patrol of U-boat U-520 from 3 Oct 1942 to 30 Oct 1942 - U-boat patrols - uboat.net". uboat.net. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
Bibliography
  • 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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