German submarine U-716

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-716
Ordered: 10 April 1941[1]
Builder: HC Stülcken & Sohn, Hamburg
Laid down: 16 April 1942[1]
Launched: 15 January 1943[1]
Commissioned: 15 April 1943[1]
Status: Captured by Allied forces[1]
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 × GL RP 137/c 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: 15,170 km (8,190 nmi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
150 km (81 nmi) at 4 knots (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: 5 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedo tubes (4 bow, 1 stern)
14 × torpedoes
1 × 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun (220 rounds)
Various AA guns
Service record
Commanders

Oblt.z.S. Hans Dunkelberg
31 Jan 1941 - 17 Jul 1942
Oblt.z.S. Friedrich-August Greus (acting)
21 Jan - 12 Feb 1945

Oblt.z.S. Jürgen Thimme
13 Feb - 8 May 1945
Operations 10 patrols[1]
Victories 2 ships sunk for a total of 7,254 gross register tons (GRT)[1]

German submarine U-716 was a Type VIIC U-boat built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine for service during World War II.

Service record[edit]

U-716 took part in 10 patrols between 15 April 1943 and 8 May 1945.

She had her only success sinking the US freighter Andrew G. Curtin when she attacked convoy JW 56A on 26 January 1944. She also took credit for the sinking of US patrol torpedo boat USS PTC-39 being transported by the freighter at the time.

While in the Arctic sea on April 23, 1945, U-716 was hit by depth charges by a hunter-killer group. The damage was serious enough to require retreating to Narvik before schedule, but not enough to cause any further problems.

Fate[edit]

While in port awaiting repairs, VE Day occurred and the European theatre of the Second World War ended. Upon orders, Jürgen Thimme surrendered his vessel to the Allies and took her to Loch Eriboll in Scotland, where she was destroyed as part of Operation Deadlight.

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Ship Name Nationality Tonnage (GRT) Fate[2]
26 January 1944 Andrew G. Curtin  United States 7,200 Sunk
26 January 1944 USS PTC-39  United States Navy 54 Sunk

Patrol History[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "List of all U-boats". Uboat Encyclopedia. Uboat.net. Retrieved 2011-06-24. 
  2. ^ "U-716 successes". UBoat.net. Retrieved 10 February 2014.