German submarine U-752

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-752
Ordered: 9 October 1939
Builder: Kriegsmarinewerft Wilhelmshaven
Laid down: 5 January 1940
Launched: 29 March 1941
Commissioned: 24 May 1941
Status: Sank 23 May 1943 by air rocket attack in north Atlantic
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 or 26 TMA mines
1 × 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun (220 rounds)
Various AA guns
Service record
Part of:

Kriegsmarine
3rd U-boat Flotilla (training)
24 May 1941 - 1 August 1941

3rd U-boat Flotilla (Front Boat, 8 patrols)
1 August 1941 - 23 May 1943
Commanders: Kptlt. Karl-Ernst Schroeter
24 May 1941 - 23 May 1943
Operations: 9 patrols
Victories: 6 commercial ships sunk for a total of (32,358 gross register tons (GRT))
1 commercial ship damaged (4,799 gross register tons (GRT))
2 auxiliary warships sunk (1,134 tons)

German submarine U-752 was a Type VIIC U-boat built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine for service during World War II.

Service History[edit]

She served with 3rd U-boat Flotilla from 24 May 1941 to 23 May 1943 under the command of Karl-Ernst Schroeter.[1] U-752 completed nine[2] wartime patrols and sank eight ships and damaged one.

Fate[edit]

Thirty-two days into her ninth patrol, on 23 May 1943, U-752 was attacked by Fairey Swordfish aircraft attached to the British escort carrier HMS Archer in the mid-Atlantic. A Rocket Spear, a new weapon with a solid cast iron head,[3] entered and left the pressure hull leaving large holes, and the U-boat went down with twenty-nine crew members, including her commander. Of the forty-six crewmen aboard, seventeen survived the sinking. This was the first success of the Rocket Spear.

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Ship Name Nationality Tonnage (GRT) Fate[4]
25 August 1941 T-898 (No 44)  Soviet Navy 553 Sunk
15 November 1941 T-889 (No 34)  Soviet Navy 581 Sunk
21 April 1942 West Imboden  United States 5,751 Sunk
23 April 1942 Reinholt  Norway 4,799 Damaged
1 May 1942 Bidevind  Norway 4,956 Sunk
23 July 1942 Garmula  United Kingdom 5,254 Sunk
27 July 1942 Leikanger  Norway 4,003 Sunk
9 August 1942 Menanau  Netherlands 6,047 Sunk
13 August 1942 Cripple Creek  United States 6,347 Sunk

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Uboat.net
  2. ^ Uboat.net
  3. ^ Gerald Pawle, The Wheezers & Dodgers, Seaforth Publishing 2009 ISBN 978-1-84832-026-0
  4. ^ "U-752 successes". UBoat.net. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
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.