German submarine U-962

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-962
Ordered: 5 June 1941
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Laid down: 7 April 1942
Launched: 17 December 1942
Commissioned: 11 February 1943
Fate: Sunk 8 April 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 × 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 nmi (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
Part of: 5th U-boat Flotilla (Training)
(11 February 1943 - 31 July 1943)
7th U-boat Flotilla
(1 August 1943 - 8 April 1944)
Commanders: Oblt.z.S. Ernst Liesberg
(11 Feb 1943 - 8 Apr 1944)
Operations: 1st Patrol:
3 November 1943 - 28 December 1943
2nd Patrol:
14 February 1944 - 8 April 1944
Victories: None

German submarine U-962 was a Type VIIC U-boat built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II. Her keel was laid at the yards of Blohm & Voss in Hamburg on 7 April 1942. Launched on 17 December 1942, she was formally commissioned on 11 February 1943 and given to Oblt.z.S. Ernst Liesberg, who commanded the submarine on both of her active war patrols.

War Patrols[edit]

After her working up period ended, U-962 departed Kiel for Bergen, Norway on 23 September 1943, arriving on 27 September. After a stay of about a month, the crew cast off on their first active patrol 3 November 1943. This 56 day cruise in the mid-Atlantic Ocean yielded no targets and the patrol was terminated at St. Nazaire in occupied France on 28 December 1943.

On 14 February 1944, U-962 departed St. Nazaire on her second and last patrol. She again cruised in the central Atlantic for 55 days until she ran afoul of the British sloops HMS Crane and Cygnet and sunk in position 45°43′N 19°57′W / 45.717°N 19.950°W / 45.717; -19.950 by depth charges. There were no survivors.

Wolf Packs[edit]

U-962 took part in 5 wolfpacks, namely.

  • Coronel (4 Dec 1943 - 8 Dec 1943)
  • Coronel 2 (8 Dec 1943 - 14 Dec 1943)
  • Coronel 3 (14 Dec 1943 - 17 Dec 1943)
  • Borkum (18 Dec 1943 - 26 Dec 1943)
  • Preussen (22 Feb 1944 - 22 Mar 1944)

References[edit]

Notes
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. 
  • Sharpe, Peter (1998). U-Boat Fact File. Great Britain: Midland Publishing. ISBN 1-85780-072-9. 

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