German submarine U-562

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-562
Ordered: 16 October 1939
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Yard number: 538
Laid down: 7 February 1940
Launched: 24 January 1941
Commissioned: 20 March 1941
Fate: Sunk 19 Feb 1943 in the Mediterranean Sea NE of Bengazi in position 32°57′N 20°54′E / 32.950°N 20.900°E / 32.950; 20.900, by a RAF Wellington aircraft and RN ships HMS Isis & HMS Hursley.
General characteristics
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
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: 15,170 km (8,190 nmi) at 10 kn (19 km/h) surfaced
150 km (81 nmi) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 44–52 officers & ratings
Armament: 5 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedo tubes (4 bow, 1 stern)
14 × torpedoes or 26 TMA mines
1 × 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun (220 rounds)
Various AA guns
Service record[1]
Part of: 1st U-boat Flotilla
(20 March 1941 - 1 June 1941) - Training
1st U-boat Flotilla
(1 June 1941 - 31 December 1941)
29th U-boat Flotilla
(1 January 1942 - 19 February 1943)
Commanders: Oblt Herwig Collmann
(20 March 1941 - 3 September 1941)
Kptlt Horst Hamm
(4 September 1941 - 19 February 1943)
Operations: 1st patrol:
19 June 1941 - 30 July 1941
2nd patrol:
25 August 1941 - 3 September 1941
3rd patrol:
11 September 1941 – 15 October 1941
4th patrol:
17 November 1941 – 6 December 1941
5th patrol:
6 December 1941 – 29 December 1941
6th patrol:
4 April 1942 – 11 May 1942
7th patrol:
22 June 1942 – 25 July 1942
8th patrol:
5 September 1942 – 18 October 1942
9th patrol:
22 November 1942 – 24 December 1942
10th patrol:
7 February 1943 - 19 February 1943
Victories: 6 merchant ships sunk (37,287 GRT)
1 merchant ship damaged (3,359 GRT)

German submarine U-562 was a Type VIIC U-boat built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine for service during World War II. She was laid down on 7 February 1940 by Blohm & Voss in Hamburg as 'werk' 538, launched on 24 January 1941 and commissioned on 20 March 1941 under Oblt Herwig Collmann.

Service History[edit]

The boat's service began on 20 March 1941 with training as part of the 1st U-boat Flotilla. She transferred to the 29th Flotilla on 1 January 1942 for active service, in the Mediterranean.

In 10 patrols she sank 6 merchant ships, for a total of 37,287 GRT, plus 1 ship damaged.

Fate[edit]

U-562 was sunk on 19 February 1943 in the Mediterranean Sea NE of Bengazi in position 32°57′N 20°54′E / 32.950°N 20.900°E / 32.950; 20.900, by a RAF Wellington bomber of 38 Squadron together with Royal Navy vessels, the destroyer HMS Isis and destroyer escort HMS Hursley. All 49 hands were lost.

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate[2]
22 September 1941 Erna III  United Kingdom 1,590 Sunk
2 October 1941 Empire Wave  United Kingdom 7,463 Sunk
2 December 1941 Grelhead  United Kingdom 4,274 Sunk
29 April 1942 Alliance  United Kingdom 81 Sunk
14 July 1942 Adinda  Netherlands 3,359 Damaged
21 December 1942 Strathallan  United Kingdom 23,722 Sunk

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ "The Type VIIC boat U-562 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "U-562 successes". UBoat.net. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 

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