German submarine U-292

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-292
Ordered: 14 October 1941
Builder: Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack
Yard number: 57
Laid down: 12 November 1942
Launched: 20 July 1943
Commissioned: 25 August 1943
Fate: Sunk 27 May 1944 west of Trondheim by a British aircraft[1]
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: Type VIIC/41 submarine
Displacement: 759 tonnes (747 long tons) surfaced
860 t (846 long tons) submerged
Length: 67.10 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 PS (2,800–3,200 bhp; 2,100–2,400 kW). Max rpm: 470-490
2 × double-acting electric motors, totalling 750 PS (740 shp; 550 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: 250 m (820 ft)
Crush depth: 275–325 m (902–1,066 ft)
Complement: 44–60 officers and ratings
Armament:
Service record[3]
Part of: 8th U-boat Flotilla
(25 August 1943–30 April 1944)
1st U-boat Flotilla
(1 May 1944–27 May 1944)
Commanders: Oblt.z.S. Werner Schmidt
(25 August 1943–27 May 1944)
Operations: One:
24 May–27 May 1944
Victories: None

German submarine U-292 was a Type VIIC/41 U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

She was laid down on 12 November 1942 by the Vegesacker Werft (yard) at Bremen-Vegesack as yard number 57, launched on 20 July 1943, and commissioned on 25 August with Oberleutnant zur See Werner Schmidt in command.

She was sunk by a British aircraft, west of Trondheim in May 1944.

In one patrol, she sank or damaged no ships.

Service history[edit]

The boat's service life began with training with the 8th U-boat Flotilla in August 1943. She was then transferred to the 1st flotilla for operations on 1 May 1944.

Patrol and loss[edit]

Having carried out a series of short voyages from Kiel and Larvik [4] in Norway, the submarine departed Bergen (also in Norway) on 24 May 1944. On the 27th, she was sunk by depth charges dropped from Liberator S of No. 59 Squadron RAF west of Trondheim in position 62°37′N 00°57′E / 62.617°N 0.950°E / 62.617; 0.950Coordinates: 62°37′N 00°57′E / 62.617°N 0.950°E / 62.617; 0.950.[5]

Fifty-one men died; there were no survivors.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kemp 1999, p. 192.
  2. ^ Gröner 1983, pp. 72-74.
  3. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type VIIC/41 boat U-292". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  4. ^ The Times Atlas of the World - Third edition, revised 1995, ISBN 0 7230 0809 4, p. 12
  5. ^ a b Niestle 2014, p. 35.

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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. 
  • Kemp, Paul (1999). U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars. London: Arms & Armour. ISBN 1-85409-515-3. 
  • Niestlé, Axel (2014). German U-boat Losses During World War II : Details of Destruction. Havertown: Frontline Books. ISBN 1848322100. 

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