German submarine U-430

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-430
Ordered: 25 August 1941
Builder: Danziger Werft, Danzig
Yard number: 131
Laid down: 5 October 1942
Launched: 22 April 1943
Commissioned: 4 August 1943
Fate: Sunk in northern Germany, May 1945 by US bombs.[1][2]
General characteristics [3]
Class and 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
Height: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
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 × 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: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 44–52 officers and ratings
Armament:
Service record[1]
Part of: 8th U-boat Flotilla
(4–31 August 1943)
21st U-boat Flotilla
(1 September 1943–1 February 1945)
31st U-boat Flotilla
(1 February–30 March 1945)
Commanders: Italian Commander
Otto Heinrich Nachtigall
(10 September 1943–5 January 1944)
Oblt.z.S. Ulrich Hammer
(6 January 1944–30 March 1945)
Operations: None
Victories: None

German submarine U-430 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

She carried out no patrols. She did not sink or damage any ships.

She was sunk in northern Germany by US bombs in March 1945.[1]

Service history[edit]

The submarine was laid down on 5 October 1942 at the Danziger Werft (yard) at Danzig (now Gdansk), as yard number 131, launched on 22 April 1943 and commissioned on 4 August under an Italian commander.

She served with the 8th U-boat Flotilla from 4 August 1943 and the 21st Flotilla from 1 September. She was reassigned to the 31st Flotilla on 1 February 1945.

The U-boat was named S-6 after being acquired by the Italian Navy in exchange for some transport ships. She returned to Germany after the Italian surrender where she was renamed U-430.

Fate[edit]

The submarine was sunk by US bombs near Bremen on 30 March 1945.

Two men died; the number of survivors is unknown.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type VIIC boat U-430". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Kemp 1999, p. 241.
  3. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 72-74.

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. 

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