German submarine U-5 (1935)

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-5
Ordered: 2 February 1935
Builder: Deutsche Werke, Kiel
Laid down: 11 February 1935
Launched: 14 August 1935
Commissioned: 31 August 1935
Fate: Sunk 19 March 1943, west of Pillau in a diving accident. 21 dead and 16 survivors
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: IIA
Type: Coastal submarine
Displacement: 254 t (250 long tons) surfaced
303 t (298 long tons) submerged
Length: 40.9 m (134 ft 2 in)
Beam: 4.08 m (13 ft 5 in)
Draft: 3.83 m (12 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 2 × propeller shafts
2 × MWM four-stroke diesel engines, 700 shp (520 kW)
2 × Siemens-Schuckert electric motor, 360 shp (270 kW)
Speed: 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph) surfaced
6.9 knots (12.8 km/h; 7.9 mph) submerged
Range: 1,050 nautical miles (1,940 km; 1,210 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph) surfaced
35 nmi (65 km; 40 mi) at 4 knots submerged
Test depth: 80 m (260 ft)
Complement: 3 officers, 22 men
Armament:
Service record
Part of: Kriegsmarine:
U-Boat Training Flotilla
21st U-boat Flotilla
Identification codes: M 27 527
Commanders: Kptlt. Rolf Dau
(31 August 1935–27 September 1936)
Gerhard Glattes
(1 October 1936–2 February 1938)
Kptlt. Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock
(5 December 1939–11 August 1940)
Kptlt. Herbert Opitz
(12 August 1940–27 March 1941)
Oblt.z.S. Friedrich Bothe
(28 March 1941–6 January 1942)
Oblt.z.S. Karl Friederich
(7 January 1942–23 March 1942)
Oblt.z.S. Hans-Dieter Mohs
(26 March–May 1942)
Kurt Pressel
(May–9 November 1942)
Lt.z.S. Hermann Rahn
(10 November 1942–19 March 1943)
Alfred Radermacher
(March–March 1943)
Operations: Two:
1st patrol:
24 August –8 September 1939
2nd patrol:
4–14 April 1940
Victories: No ships sunk or damaged

German submarine U-5 was a Type IIA U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine. She was laid down on 11 February 1935, launched on 14 August and commissioned 31 August that year, under Oberleutnant zur See Rolf Dau.

U-5 served mostly as a training boat from 1935 to 1940, but did see two wartime patrols in 1940. She was transferred to the 21st U-boat Flotilla on 1 July 1940.

U-5 was sunk on 19 March 1943 in a diving accident west of Pillau[2] (now Baltiysk in Russia); 16 of the 37-man crew survived.

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Gröner 1985, p. 67.
  2. ^ Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed, German submarine losses in the World Wars, 1997. p. 107. Arms and Armour. ISBN 1-85409-515-3
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. 
  • Sharpe, Peter (1998). U-Boat Fact File. Great Britain: Midland Publishing. ISBN 1-85780-072-9. 

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Coordinates: 54°40′N 19°45′E / 54.667°N 19.750°E / 54.667; 19.750