German submarine U-469

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-469
Ordered: 20 January 1941
Builder: Deutsche Werke, Kiel
Yard number: 300
Laid down: 1 October 1941
Launched: 8 August 1942
Commissioned: 7 October 1942
Fate: Sunk by a British aircraft, south of Iceland, March 1943[1]
General characteristics [2]
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[3]
Part of: 5th U-boat Flotilla
(7 October 1942–1 March 1943)
3rd U-boat Flotilla
(1–23 March 1943)
Commanders: Oblt.z.S. Emil Claussen
(7 October 1942–23 March 1943)
Operations: 16–25 March 1943
Victories: None

German submarine U-469 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

She carried out one patrol. She sank no ships.

She was sunk by a British aircraft south of Iceland, in March 1943.[1][3]

Service history[edit]

The submarine was laid down on 1 October 1941 at the Deutsche Werke in Kiel as yard number 300, launched on 8 August 1942 and commissioned on 7 October under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Emil Claussen.

She served with the 5th U-boat Flotilla from 7 October 1942 for training and the 3rd flotilla from 1 March 1943 for operations.

Patrol and loss[edit]

U-432‍ '​s only patrol began with her departure from Kiel on 16 March 1943. She had just negotiated the gap between Iceland and the Faroe Islands, when she was sunk by a British B-17 Flying Fortress of No. 206 Squadron RAF south of Iceland on the 25th.

Forty-seven men went down with U-469; there were no survivors.[1][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kemp 1999, p. 108.
  2. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 72-74.
  3. ^ a b c Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type VIIC boat U-469". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 

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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Coordinates: 62°12′N 16°40′W / 62.200°N 16.667°W / 62.200; -16.667