German submarine U-609

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-609
Ordered: 22 May 1940
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Yard number: 585
Laid down: 7 April 1941
Launched: 23 December 1941
Commissioned: 12 February 1942
Fate: Sunk 7 February 1943 in the North Atlantic in position 55°17′N 26°38′W / 55.283°N 26.633°W / 55.283; -26.633, by depth charges from FFNF Lobelia.
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 × 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
(12 February 1942 - 31 July 1942) - Training
6th U-boat Flotilla
(1 August 1942 - 7 February 1943)
Commanders: Oblt.z.S. Klaus Rudloff
(12 February 1942 - 7 February 1943)
Operations: 1st patrol:
16 July 1942 - 10 September 1942
2nd patrol:
6 October 1942 - 22 October 1942
3rd patrol:
30 November 1942 - 23 December 1942
4th patrol:
16 January 1943 - 7 February 1943
Victories: 2 merchant ships sunk (10,288 GRT)

German submarine U-609 was a Type VIIC U-boat built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine for service during World War II. She was laid down on 7 April 1941 by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg as yard number 585, launched on 23 December 1941 and commissioned on 12 February 1942 under Oberleutnant zur See Klaus Rudloff.

Service History[edit]

The boat's career began with training at 5th U-boat Flotilla on 12 February 1942, followed by active service on 1 December 1942 as part of the 1st Flotilla for the remainder of her service.

In 4 patrols she sank 2 merchant ships, for a total of 10,288 gross register tons (GRT).

Wolf packs[edit]

U-609 took part in 6 wolf packs, namely

  • Vorwärts (25 Aug 1942 – 1 Sep 1942)
  • Panther (13 Oct 1942 – 16 Oct 1942)
  • Draufgänger (6 Dec 1942 – 11 Dec 1942)
  • Raufbold (11 Dec 1942 – 18 Dec 1942)
  • Landsknecht (19 Jan 1943 – 28 Jan 1943)
  • Pfeil (1 Feb 1943 – 7 Feb 1943)

Fate[edit]

U-609 was sunk on 7 February 1943 in the North Atlantic in position 55°17′N 26°38′W / 55.283°N 26.633°W / 55.283; -26.633, by depth charges from the Free French corvette FFNF Lobelia. All hands were lost.

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate[2]
31 August 1942 Capira  Panama 5,625 Sunk
31 August 1942 Bronxville  Norway 4,663 Sunk

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ "The Type VIIC boat U-609 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "U-609 successes". UBoat.net. Retrieved 23 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Edwards, Bernard (1996). Dönitz and the Wolf Packs - The U-boats at War. pp. 103, 104, 144, 148, 149. ISBN 0-304-35203-9. 
  • Sharpe, Peter (1998). U-Boat Fact File. Great Britain: Midland Publishing. ISBN 1-85780-072-9. 

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