German submarine U-709

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-709
Operator: Kriegsmarine
Ordered: 15 August 1940
Builder: H. C. Stülcken Sohn, Hamburg
Yard number: 773
Laid down: 5 May 1941
Launched: 14 April 1942
Commissioned: 12 August 1942
Fate: sunk 1 March 1944 north of the Azores at 49°10′N 19°26′E / 49.167°N 19.433°E / 49.167; 19.433Coordinates: 49°10′N 19°26′E / 49.167°N 19.433°E / 49.167; 19.433
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)
Installed power: 2 × supercharged Germania-Werft 6 cylinder, four-stroke F46 diesel engines
2 × 2 × CL RP 137/c electric motors
Propulsion: 2 × shafts
2 × 1.23 m (4 ft 0 in) propellers
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 nautical miles (15,700 km; 9,800 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 44–60 officers & ratings
Armament: 5 × 53.3 cm (21.0 in) torpedo tubes (four bow, one aft) with 14 torpedoes
8.8 cm (3.5 in) deck gun
various AA guns

German submarine U-709 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

Ordered 15 August 1940, she was laid down on 5 May 1941 and launched 14 April 1942. From 12 August 1942 to 2 December 1943, she was commanded by Oberleutnant Karl-Otto Weber, then captained by Oberleutnant Rudolf Ites from 3 December 1943 till 1 March 1944.

Patrol History[edit]

U-709 had 5 patrols, from 12 August 1942 to 1 March 1944, in which time she sunk no ships.

Fate[edit]

She was sunk while on patrol North of the Azores, by depth charges from the US destroyer escorts USS Thomas, USS Bostwick and USS Bronstein.

Lost with all hands, 52 dead.

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