German submarine U-610

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-610
Operator: Kriegsmarine
Ordered: 22 May 1940
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Yard number: 586
Laid down: 5 April 1941
Launched: 24 December 1941
Commissioned: 19 February 1942
Fate: Sunk by depth charges, 8 October 1943
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
Height: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
Draft: 4.74 m (15 ft 7 in)
Speed: 17.7 knots (32.8 km/h; 20.4 mph) surfaced
7.6 knots (14.1 km/h; 8.7 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 44–52 officers & ratings
Armament:
Service record
Commanders: 19 February 1942 - 8 October 1943, Walter Freiherr von Freyberg-Eisenberg-Allmendingen
Victories: 4 ships sunk for a total of 21,273 GRT
1 ship damaged for a total of 9,551 GRT

German submarine U-610 was a Type VIIC U-boat built for the Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine for service during World War II. She was laid down on 5 April 1941, launched on 24 December 1941 and commissioned on 19 February 1942. She sunk in 8 October 1943, having sunk 4 ships and damaging another. Her commander was Walter Freiherr von Freyberg-Eisenberg-Allmendingen.

Description[edit]

U-610 was built by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg as yard number 586. She was ordered on 22 May 1940 and the keel was laid down on 5 April 1941. U-601 was launched on 24 December 1941.

Wolfpacks[edit]

U-610 took part in nine wolfpacks, namely

  • Luchs (27 September 1942 - 6 October 1942)
  • Panther (6 October 1942 - 20 October 1942)
  • Draufgänger (29 November 1942 - 11 December 1942)
  • Ungestüm (11 December 1942 - 13 December 1942)
  • Raufbold (13 December 1942 - 18 December 1942)
  • Dränger (14 March 1943 - 20 March 1943)
  • Seeteufel (23 March 1943 - 30 March 1943)
  • Meise (11 April 1943 - 27 April 1943)
  • Rossbach (24 September 1943 - 8 October 1943)

Fate[edit]

While in the North Atlantic Ocean, the U-601 was sunk by a Canadian Sunderland aircraft by depth charges, killing all 51 men on board.

Summary of raiding career[edit]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate[2]
29 September 1942 Lifland  United Kingdom 2,254 Sunk
19 October 1942 Steel Navigator  United States 5,718 Sunk
16 December 1942 Bello  Norway 6,125 Sunk
16 December 1942 Regent Lion  United Kingdom 9,551 Damaged
29 March 1943 William Pierce Frye  United States 7,176 Sunk

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 72-74.
  2. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by U-610". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 26 April 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. 

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