German submarine U-877

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U-505
U-505, a type IXC U-boat
Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-877
Ordered: 2 April 1942[1]
Builder: AG Weser, Bremen[1]
Yard number: 1085[1]
Laid down: 22 May 1943[1]
Launched: 10 December 1943[1]
Commissioned: 24 March 1944[1]
Fate: sunk by HMCS St. Thomas on 27 December 1944[1]
General characteristics [2]
Type: Type IXC/40 submarine
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) surfaced
63 nautical miles (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-877 was a Type IXC/40 U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during the Second World War. The ship was ordered on 2 April 1942, laid down on 22 May 1943, and launched on 10 December 1943. She was commissioned into the Kriegsmarine under the command of Kapitänleutnant Eberhard Findeisen on 24 March 1944.[1] Initially assigned to the 4th U-boat Flotilla, she was transferred to the 33rd U-boat Flotilla on 1 December 1944.[1]

She carried out a single war patrol, departing Horten on 25 November 1944. Two days later she was attacked by Bristol Beaufighters of No. 489 Squadron, which launched two depth charges at her. She crash dived, escaping the attackers, but losing her radar antenna.[1]

U-877 was attacked on 27 December 1944 in the North Atlantic, north-west of the Azores, by the Royal Canadian Navy's Castle-class corvette St. Thomas. She was badly damaged by St. Thomas '​s squid mortar and sank at position 46°25′N 36°38′W / 46.417°N 36.633°W / 46.417; -36.633Coordinates: 46°25′N 36°38′W / 46.417°N 36.633°W / 46.417; -36.633, after her crew had abandoned ship. All 56 were picked up by St. Thomas.[1]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Helgason, Guðmundur. "U-877". Uboat.net. Retrieved 25 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Gröner, p. 105-7.
Bibliography
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  • 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.