German submarine U-141 (1940)
|Career (Nazi Germany)|
|Ordered:||25 September 1939|
|Builder:||Deutsche Werke, Kiel|
|Laid down:||20 November 1939|
|Launched:||12 December 1940|
|Commissioned:||21 August 1940|
|Fate:||Scuttled on 2 May 1945 at Wilhelmshaven|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||IID|
|Displacement:||314 t (309 long tons) surfaced
364 t (358 long tons) submerged
|Length:||43.97 m (144 ft 3 in)|
|Beam:||4.92 m (16 ft 2 in)|
|Draft:||3.93 m (12 ft 11 in)|
|Propulsion:||2 × propeller shafts
2 × MWM four-stroke diesel engines, 700 PS (690 shp; 510 kW)
2 × Siemens-Schuckert electric motor, 410 PS (400 shp; 300 kW)
|Speed:||12.7 knots (23.5 km/h; 14.6 mph) surfaced
7.4 knots (13.7 km/h; 8.5 mph) submerged
|Range:||3,450 nmi (6,390 km; 3,970 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph) surfaced
56 nmi (104 km; 64 mi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
|Test depth:||80 m (260 ft)|
|Complement:||3 officers, 22 men|
|Victories:||four ships sunk, one ship damaged|
German submarine U-141 was a Type IID U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II. Her keel was laid down on 12 December 1939 by Deutsche Werke in Kiel as yard number 270. She was launched on 27 July 1940 and commissioned on 21 August 1940 with Oberleutnant zur See Heinz-Otto Schultze in command.
U-141 began her service life with the 1st U-boat Flotilla. She was then assigned to the 3rd flotilla and subsequently to the 21st flotilla where she conducted four patrols, sinking four ships and damaging another, between May and September 1941. She spent the rest of the war as a training vessel, moving over to the 31st flotilla.
She was scuttled in May 1945.
The U-boat began her operational career with a trip from Kiel to Bergen in Norway in April 1941.
The submarine's first patrol commenced with her departure from Bergen on 29 April 1941. Her destination was Lorient in occupied France which she reached, having crossed the North Sea and made her way north of the Faroe Islands, on 11 May. During the voyage, she was unsuccessfully attacked by a Lockheed Hudson of No. 269 Squadron RAF west of the Outer Hebrides.
She sank Calabria on 22 June 1941 about 100 nmi (190 km; 120 mi) northwest of the Inishull Lightship (Ireland).
She damaged Atlantic City and sank Botney on 26 July 1941, west of Bloody Foreland, (also in Ireland).
U-141 's last sortie took her north of Northern Ireland where she sank Jarlinn and King Erik in September 1941.
Summary of Raiding Career
|22 June 1941||Calabria||Sweden||1,277||Sunk|
|26 July 1941||Atlantic City||United Kingdom||5,133||Damaged|
|26 July 1941||Botney||United Kingdom||5,106||Sunk|
|5 September 1941||Jarlinn||Iceland||190||Sunk|
|6 September 1941||King Erik||United Kingdom||228||Sunk|
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