German submarine U-858

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-858
Ordered: 5 June 1941
Builder: AG Weser, Bremen
Yard number: 1064
Laid down: 11 December 1942
Launched: 17 June 1943
Commissioned: 30 September 1943
Fate: Scuttled in 1947
General characteristics
Type: Type IXC/40 submarine
Displacement: 1,120 t (1,100 long tons) surfaced
1,232 t (1,213 long tons) submerged
Length: 76.8 m (252 ft 0 in) o/a
58.7 m (192 ft 7 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.9 m (22 ft 8 in) o/a
4.4 m (14 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Height: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
Draught: 4.7 m (15 ft 5 in)
Propulsion: 2 × MAN M9V40/46 supercharged 9-cylinder diesel engines, 4,400 hp (3,281 kW)
2 × SSW GU345/34 double-acting electric motors, 1,000 hp (746 kW)
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph) surfaced
7.3 knots (13.5 km/h; 8.4 mph) submerged
Range: 25,620 nmi (47,450 km; 29,480 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
117 nautical miles (217 km; 135 mi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Complement: 48 to 56
Armament: 6 × torpedo tubes (four bow, two stern)
22 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedoes
1 × Utof 105 mm/45 deck gun (110 rounds)
AA guns

German submarine U-858 was a Type IXC/40 U-boat of the German Navy during World War II. She was ordered on 5 June 1941, laid down on 11 December 1942 and launched on 30 September 1943. She had one commander for her three patrols, Kapitänleutnant Thilo Bode.[1]

She was sent by Germany at the end of the war to cause havoc along the East Coast of the US, in an attempt to repeat the success of Operation Drumbeat. However, she saw no combat in that mission, and did not sink or damage any allied ships during the war.[2] Her Captain surrendered her on 14 May 1945 at Lewes, Delaware. After surrendering, she was used for publicity in War bond drives.[3]

After being used for torpedo practice near the New England area, she was scuttled by the US Navy at the end of 1947. She was the first German warship to surrender to US forces.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://uboat.net/boats/u858.htm
  2. ^ http://www.ubootwaffe.net/ops/boat.cgi?boat=858
  3. ^ Wray, Gary Dr. Fort Miles Historical Association, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow "FORT MILES & TWO GERMAN SUBMARINES: THE STORY OF U-853 AND U-858" http://www.fortmilesha.org/newsletter/pdf/nl_win_04.pdf p4

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