German submarine U-560

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-560
Ordered: 16 October 1939
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Yard number: 536
Laid down: 1 February 1940
Launched: 10 January 1941
Commissioned: 6 March 1941
Fate: Scuttled, May 1943 in Germany. Broken up in 1946
General characteristics [1]
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[2]
Part of: 24th U-boat Flotilla
(6 March 1941–3 November 1943)
22nd U-boat Flotilla
(1 December 1943–28 February 1945)
31st U-boat Flotilla
(1 March–3 May 1945)
Commanders:
  • Oblt.z.S. Hans-Jürgen Zetzsche (6 March–24 August 1941)
  • Oblt.z.S. Ernst Cordes (25 August 1941–15 July 1942)
  • Kptlt. Konstatin von Rappard (16 July 1942–31 August 1943)
  • Oblt.z.S. Helmut Wicke (1 September–12 December 1943)
  • Oblt.z.S. Paul Jacobs (13 December 1943–3 May 1945)
Operations: None
Victories: None

German submarine U-560 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

She carried out no patrols.

She sank no ships.

She was scuttled in May 1943 in Germany. The wreck was broken up in 1946.

Service history[edit]

The submarine was laid down on 1 February 1940 at Blohm & Voss, Hamburg as yard number 536, launched on 10 January 1941 and commissioned on 6 March under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Hans-Jürgen Zetzsche.

She served with the 24th U-boat Flotilla from 6 March 1941 for training and was reassigned to the 22nd flotilla on 1 December 1943, then the 31st flotilla on 1 March 1945.

She was scuttled on 3 May 1945 at Kiel. The wreck was broken up in 1946.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 72-74.
  2. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type VIIC boat U-560". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 

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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