German submarine U-605

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-605
Ordered: 22 May 1940
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Yard number: 581
Laid down: 12 March 1941
Launched: 27 November 1941
Commissioned: 15 January 1942
Fate: Sunk 14 November 1942 in the Mediterranean Sea in position 36°20′N 01°01′W / 36.333°N 1.017°W / 36.333; -1.017, by depth charges from a RAF Hudson bomber.
General characteristics
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 kn (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
80 nmi (150 km; 92 mi) at 4 kn (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:
Service record[1]
Part of: 5th U-boat Flotilla
(15 January 1942 - 31 July 1942) - Training
9th U-boat Flotilla
(1 August 1942 - 31 October 1942)
29th U-boat Flotilla
(1 November 1942 - 14 November 1942)
Commanders: Oblt.z.S. Herbert-Viktor Schütze
(15 January 1942 - 14 November 1942)
Operations: 1st patrol:
28 July 1942 - 4 September 1942
2nd patrol:
1 October 1942 - 14 October 1942
3rd patrol:
21 October 1942 - 14 November 1942
Victories: 3 merchant ships sunk (8,409 GRT)

German submarine U-605 was a Type VIIC U-boat built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine for service during World War II. She was laid down on 12 March 1941 by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg as yard number 581, launched on 27 November 1941 and commissioned on 15 January 1942 under Oberleutnant zur See Herbert-Viktor Schütze.

Service History[edit]

The boat's career began with training at 5th U-boat Flotilla on 15 January 1942, followed by active service on 1 August 1942 as part of the 9th Flotilla. Just three months later, she transferred to the 29th Flotilla, operating out of La Spezia, for operations in the Mediterranean Sea for the remainder of her service.

In 3 patrols she sank 3 merchant ships, for a total of 8,409 gross register tons (GRT).

Wolf packs[edit]

U-605 took part in 3 wolf packs, namely

  • Steinbrinck (7 Aug 1942 – 11 Aug 1942)
  • Lohs (11 Aug 1942 – 26 Aug 1942)
  • Tümmler (1 Oct 1942 – 11 Oct 1942)

Fate[edit]

U-605 was sunk on 14 November 1942 in the Mediterranean Sea in position 36°20′N 01°01′W / 36.333°N 1.017°W / 36.333; -1.017, by depth charges from a RAF Hudson bomber. All hands were lost.

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate[2]
3 August 1942 Bombay  United Kingdom 229 Sunk
25 August 1942 Katvaldis  United Kingdom 3,163 Sunk
25 August 1942 Sheaf Mount  United Kingdom 5,017 Sunk

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ "The Type VIIC boat U-605 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "U-605 successes". UBoat.net. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
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. 
  • Sharpe, Peter (1998). U-Boat Fact File. Great Britain: Midland Publishing. ISBN 1-85780-072-9. 

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