German submarine U-529

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-529
Ordered: 15 August 1940
Builder: Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg
Laid down: 26 November 1941
Launched: 15 July 1942
Commissioned: 30 September 1942
Fate: Sunk, 15 February 1943[1]
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: Type IXC/40 submarine
Displacement: 1,144 t (1,126 long tons) surfaced
1,257 t (1,237 long tons) submerged
Length: 76.76 m (251 ft 10 in) o/a
58.75 m (192 ft 9 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.86 m (22 ft 6 in) o/a 4.44 m (14 ft 7 in) pressure hull
Height: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
Draft: 4.67 m (15 ft 4 in)
Propulsion: 2 × MAN M 9 V 40/46 supercharged 9-cylinder diesel engines, 4,400 PS (4,340 shp; 3,236 kW)
2 × SSW GU 345/34 double-acting electric motors, 1,000 PS (986 shp; 735 kW)
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph) surfaced
7.3 knots (13.5 km/h; 8.4 mph) submerged
Range: 13,850 nmi (25,650 km; 15,940 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
63 nmi (117 km; 72 mi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Complement: 4 officers, 44 enlisted
Armament:
Service record[3][4]
Part of: 4th U-boat Flotilla
(30 September 1942–31 January 1943)
10th U-boat Flotilla
(1–12 February 1943)
Commanders: Kptlt. Georg-Werner Fraatz
(30 September 1942–12 February 1943)
Victories: None

German submarine U-529 was a Type IXC/40 U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine, built for service during World War II. The submarine was laid down on 26 November 1941 at the Deutsche Werft yard in Hamburg as yard number 344, launched on 15 July 1942, and commissioned on 30 September 1942 under the command of Kapitänleutnant Georg-Werner Fraatz. After training with the 4th U-boat Flotilla, U-529 was transferred to the 10th flotilla for front-line service on 1 February 1943.[3]

Service history[edit]

U-529 sailed from Kiel on her first and only war patrol on 30 January 1943.[4] The U-boat was sunk with all hands on 15 February 1943 in the North Atlantic, in position 55°45′N 31°09′W / 55.750°N 31.150°W / 55.750; -31.150Coordinates: 55°45′N 31°09′W / 55.750°N 31.150°W / 55.750; -31.150, by depth charges from a British B-24 Liberator aircraft from No. 201 Squadron RAF. She was originally listed as missing, assumed lost at sea, as the Liberator attack of 15 February was believed to have sunk U-225.[3]

Wolfpacks[edit]

U-529 took part in one wolfpack, namely.

  • Ritter (11–12 February 1943)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type IXC/40 boat U-529". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Gröner 1985, p. 105-7.
  3. ^ a b c Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type IXC/40 boat U-529". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Helgason, Guðmundur. "Patrol of U-boat U-529 from 30 Jan 1943 to 15 Feb 1943". U-boat patrols - uboat.net. Retrieved 1 March 2010. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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. 

External links[edit]

  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type IXC/40 boat U-529". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  • Hofmann, Markus. "U 529". Deutsche U-Boote 1935-1945 - u-boot-archiv.de (in German). Retrieved 1 February 2015.