German submarine U-777

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Career
Name: U-777
Ordered: 20 January 1941
Builder: Kriegsmarinewerft Wilhelmshaven
Yard number: 160
Laid down: 5 June 1943
Launched: 25 March 1944
Commissioned: 9 May 1944
Identification: M 17 108
Fate: Destroyed in air raid, 15 October 1944
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 kn (19 km/h) surfaced
150 km (81 nmi) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h) 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
Part of: Kriegsmarine:
31st U-boat Flotilla
Commanders: Oblt.z.S. Günter Ruperti (9 May 1941–15 Oct 1942)
Operations: None
Victories: None

German submarine U-777 was a German Type VIIC U-boat built in World War II, launched on 25 March 1944, and commissioned on 9 May, by its sole commander, Oberleutnant zur See Günter Ruperti. It underwent training with the 31st U-boat Flotilla, but did not participate in any patrols during its five-month career of active service. It was destroyed at 20:02 hours on the night of 15/16 October 1944, during a British air raid on Wilhelmshaven, Germany, at position 53°51′N 08°10′E / 53.850°N 8.167°E / 53.850; 8.167Coordinates: 53°51′N 08°10′E / 53.850°N 8.167°E / 53.850; 8.167. One crewman was killed.[1]

Other notes[edit]

  • Despite the fact that many other U-boats lost men due to accident, disease and various other causes, the crew of U-777 did not suffer any casualties until she was destroyed and was sunk.
  • The commander of the ship, Günter Ruperti, also commanded U-3039 during World War II, by which time he had been promoted to Kapitänleutnant. He commanded U-3039 from March 1945 to May 1945, taking up his post only about five months after U-777 was sunk.

References[edit]

  1. ^ U-Boat Operations of the Second World War, Volume 2: Career Histories, U511-UIT25

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