German submarine U-72 (1940)

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For other ships of the same name, see German submarine U-72.
Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-72
Ordered: 25 January 1939
Builder: Germaniawerft, Kiel
Yard number: 619
Laid down: 28 December 1939
Launched: 22 November 1940
Commissioned: 4 January 1941
Fate: Damaged by bombing, 30 March 1945
Scuttled, 2 May 1945
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)
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 × 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 nautical miles (15,700 km; 9,800 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
80 nmi (150 km; 92 mi) 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:
Service record[2]
Part of: 21st U-boat Flotilla
(4 January–8 June 1941)
24th U-boat Flotilla
(9 June–1 July 1941)
21st U-boat Flotilla
(2 July 1941–30 March 1945)
Commanders:
  • K.Kapt. Hans-Werner Neumann
    (4 January–September 1941)
  • Oblt.z.S. Helmut Köster
    (September–1 December 1941)
  • Kptlt.]] Waldemar Mehl
    (2 December 1941–6 May 1942)
  • Hans-Martin Scheibe
    (7 May–19 November 1942)
  • Oblt.z.S. Helmut Lange
    (20 November 1942–14 December 1943)
  • Oblt.z.S. Paul Sander
    (15 December 1943–19 May 1944)
  • Oblt.z.S. Karl-Theodor Mayer
    (20 May 1944–March 1945)
Operations: None
Victories: None

German submarine U-72 was a Type VIIC submarine of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

U-71 was launched on 22 November 1940 and commissioned on 4 January 1941. U-72 served with 24th U-boat Flotilla (a training unit), and later with 21st U-boat Flotilla (also a training unit), from 2 July 1941 to 30 March 1945. U-72 was used throughout World War II as a training boat until it was damaged in a daylight American bombing raid on 30 March 1945. U-72 was scuttled on 2 May 1945.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 72-74.
  2. ^ a b Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type VIIC boat U-72". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 

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. 
  • Bishop, Chris (2006). Kriegsmarine U-Boats, 1939-45. London: Amber Books. ISBN 978-1-904687-96-2. 

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