German submarine U-525

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-525
Ordered: 15 August 1940
Builder: Deutsche Werft, Hamburg
Yard number: 340
Laid down: 10 September 1941
Launched: 20 May 1942[1]
Commissioned: 30 July 1942[2]
Fate: Sunk by US aircraft, northwest of the Azores, August 1943[3]
General characteristics
Type: Type IXC/40 submarine
Displacement: 1,120 t (1,100 long tons) surfaced
1,232 t (1,213 long tons) submerged
Length: 76.8 m (252 ft 0 in) o/a
58.7 m (192 ft 7 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.9 m (22 ft 8 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 M9V40/46 supercharged 9-cylinder diesel engines, 4,400 hp (3,281 kW)
2 × SSW GU345/34 double-acting electric motors, 1,000 hp (746 kW)
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h) surfaced
7.3 knots (13.5 km/h) submerged
Range: 25,620 nmi (47,450 km; 29,480 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h) surfaced
117 nautical miles (217 km; 135 mi) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Complement: 48 to 56
Armament: 6 × torpedo tubes (four bow, two stern)
22 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedoes
1 × Utof 105 mm/45 deck gun (110 rounds)
AA guns
Service record[4]
Part of: Kriegsmarine
4th U-boat Flotilla
(30 July–31 December 1942)
10th U-boat Flotilla
(1 January–11 August 1943)
Commanders: Kptlt. Hans-Joachim Drewitz
(30 July 1942–11 August 1943)
Operations: 15 December 1942–3 March 1943
15 April–26 May 1943
27 July–11 August 1943
Victories: One ship sunk, 3,454 gross register tons (GRT)

German submarine U-525 was a Type IXC/40 U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine built for service during World War II.

Her keel was laid down on 10 September 1941 by the Deutsche Werft in Hamburg as 'werk' 340. She was launched on 20 May 1942 and commissioned on 30 July with Korvettenkapitän Hans-Joachim Drewitz in command.

The U-boat's service began with training as part of the 4th U-boat Flotilla on 30 July 1942. She then moved to the 10th flotilla on 1 January 1943 for operations.

She was a member of six wolfpacks.

She carried out three patrols and sank one ship of 3,454 tons.

She was sunk by US aircraft, northwest of the Azores, in August 1943

Operational career[edit]

1st patrol[edit]

The submarine's first patrol took her from Kiel on 15 December 1942, across the North Sea and into the Atlantic Ocean through the gap between Iceland and the Faroe Islands. She sank the Radhurst on 22 February 1943. The ship went down in three minutes.

She arrived at Lorient in occupied France, on 3 March.

2nd patrol[edit]

Her second foray was relatively uneventful.

3rd patrol and loss[edit]

Her third sortie took her north and west of the Azores.

She was sunk by depth charges and aerial torpedoes from Avenger and Wildcat aircraft from the American carrier Card on 11 August 1943 northwest of the Azores.

Fifty-four men died; there were no survivors.

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate[5]
20 February 1943 Radhurst  United Kingdom 3,454 Sunk

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1999, Arms & Armour, ISBN 1-85409-515-3, p. 141
  2. ^ Kemp, p. 141
  3. ^ Kemp, pp. 141-142
  4. ^ "The Type IXC/40 boat U-525 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". uboat.net. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "U-525 successes". Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
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Coordinates: 6°12′S 111°17′E / 06.20°S 111.28°E / -06.20; 111.28