German submarine U-577

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-577
Ordered: 8 January 1940
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Yard number: 553
Laid down: 1 August 1940
Launched: 15 May 1941
Commissioned: 3 July 1941
Fate: Sunk 15 January 1942 in the Mediterranean in position 32°40′N 25°48′E / 32.667°N 25.800°E / 32.667; 25.800Coordinates: 32°40′N 25°48′E / 32.667°N 25.800°E / 32.667; 25.800, by depth charges from RN Swordfish.
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
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 × BBC GG UB 720/8 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 & 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[2]
Part of: 7th U-boat Flotilla
(3 July - 1 October 1941) - Training
7th U-boat Flotilla
(1 October - 31 December 1941)
29th U-boat Flotilla
(1-15 January 1942)
Commanders: K.Kapt. Herbert Schauenburg
(3 July 1941 - 15 January 1942)
Operations: 1st patrol:
20 October - 26 November 1941
2nd patrol:
16–27 December 1941
3rd patrol:
7–15 January 1942
Victories: None

German submarine U-577 was a Type VIIC U-boat built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine for service during World War II. She was laid down on 1 August 1940 by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg as yard number 553, launched on 15 May 1941 and commissioned on 3 July 1941 under Kapitänleutnant Herbert Schauenburg.

Service History[edit]

The boat's career began with training at 7th U-boat Flotilla on 3 July 1941, followed by active service on 1 October 1941 as part of the 1st Flotilla. On 1 January 1942, she transferred to operations in the Mediterranean with 29th Flotilla, and was sunk just two weeks later.

In 3 patrols she sank no ships.

Wolfpacks[edit]

U-577 took part in three wolfpacks, namely

  • Stosstrupp (30 October - 1 November 1941)
  • Raubritter (1–8 November 1941)
  • Störtebecker (17–22 November 1941)

Fate[edit]

U-577 was sunk on 15 January 1942 in the Mediterranean NW of Mersa Matruh, in position 32°40′N 25°48′E / 32.667°N 25.800°E / 32.667; 25.800, by depth charges from RN Swordfish from 815 Squadron. All hands were lost.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 72-74.
  2. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type VIIC boat U-577". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 

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. 
  • Sharpe, Peter (1998). U-Boat Fact File. Great Britain: Midland Publishing. ISBN 1-85780-072-9. 

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