German submarine U-526

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-526
Ordered: 15 August 1940
Builder: Deutsche Werft, Hamburg
Yard number: 341
Laid down: 14 October 1941
Launched: 3 June 1942[1]
Commissioned: 12 August 1942[2]
Fate: Sunk by mines in the Bay of Biscay, April 1943[2]
General characteristics [3]
Displacement: 1,144 t (1,126 long tons) surfaced
1,257 t (1,237 long tons) submerged
Length: 76.76 m (251 ft 10 in) o/a
58.75 m (192 ft 9 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.86 m (22 ft 6 in) o/a 4.44 m (14 ft 7 in) pressure hull
Height: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
Draft: 4.67 m (15 ft 4 in)
Propulsion: 2 × MAN M 9 V 40/46 supercharged 9-cylinder diesel engines, 4,400 hp (3,281 kW)
2 × SSW GU 345/34 double-acting electric motors, 1,000 hp (746 kW)
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph) surfaced
7.3 knots (13.5 km/h; 8.4 mph) submerged
Range: 13,850 nmi (25,650 km; 15,940 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
63 nautical miles (117 km; 72 mi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Complement: 4 officers, 44 enlisted
Armament:
Service record[4]
Part of: Kriegsmarine
4th U-boat Flotilla
(12 August 1942–31 January 1943)
10th U-boat Flotilla
(1 February–14 April 1943)
Commanders: Kptlt. Hans Möglich
(12 August 1942–14 April 1943)
Operations: 11 February–14 April 1943
Victories: None

German submarine U-526 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 14 October 1941 by the Deutsche Werft in Hamburg as yard number 341. She was launched on 3 June 1942 and commissioned on 12 August with Kapitänleutnant Hans Möglich in command.

The U-boat's service began with training as part of the 4th U-boat Flotilla on 12 August 1942. She then moved to the 10th flotilla on 1 February 1943 for operations.

She was a member of four wolfpacks.

She carried out one patrol and sank no ships.

She was sunk by mines in the Bay of Biscay on 14 April 1943.

Operational career[edit]

Patrol and loss[edit]

The submarine's only patrol was preceded by short passages from Kiel in Germany to Kristiansand then Bergen in Norway over January 1943. She left Bergen and sailed across the North Sea and into the Atlantic Ocean through the 'gap' between Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Following extensive sweeps in the middle of the North Atlantic, she was crossing the Bay of Biscay and had almost reached Lorient when she encountered mines. The boat was sunk; forty-two men died, there were 12 survivors.

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. 110
  2. ^ a b Kemp, p. 110
  3. ^ Gröner, pp. 105-7.
  4. ^ "The Type IXC/40 boat U-526 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". uboat.net. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
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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Coordinates: 6°12′S 111°17′E / 06.20°S 111.28°E / -06.20; 111.28