German submarine U-858

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-858
Ordered: 5 June 1941
Builder: DeSchiMAG 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 [1]
Displacement: 1,144 t (1,126 long tons) surfaced
1,257 t (1,237 long tons) submerged
Length: 76.76 m (251 ft 10 in) o/a
58.75 m (192 ft 9 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.86 m (22 ft 6 in) o/a 4.44 m (14 ft 7 in) pressure hull
Height: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
Draft: 4.67 m (15 ft 4 in)
Propulsion: 2 × MAN M 9 V 40/46 supercharged 9-cylinder diesel engines, 4,400 hp (3,281 kW)
2 × SSW GU 345/34 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: 13,850 nmi (25,650 km; 15,940 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
63 nmi (117 km; 72 mi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Complement: 4 officers, 44 enlisted
Armament:

German submarine U-858 was a Type IXC/40 U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine 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.[2]

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.[3] Her Captain surrendered her on 14 May 1945 at Fort Miles, Lewes, Delaware. After surrendering, she was used for publicity in War bond drives.[4]

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.

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Notes
  1. ^ Gröner, pp. 105-7.
  2. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type IXC/40 boat U-858". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ 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
Bibliography
  • 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. 

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