German submarine U-649
|Ordered:||10 April 1941|
|Builder:||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg|
|Laid down:||12 January 1942|
|Launched:||30 September 1942|
|Commissioned:||19 November 1942|
|Fate:||Sank in collision with U-232 in the Baltic Sea on 24 February 1943|
|Class and type:||Type VIIC submarine|
|Height:||9.60 m (31 ft 6 in)|
|Draught:||4.74 m (15 ft 7 in)|
|Complement:||4 officers, 40–56 enlisted|
|Identification codes:||M 50 727|
|Commanders:||Oblt.z.S. Raimund Tiesler|
|Operations:||no war patrols|
|Victories:||no ships sunk|
German submarine U-649 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II. The submarine was laid down on 12 January 1942 at the Blohm & Voss yard at Hamburg, launched on 30 September 1942, and commissioned on 19 November 1942 under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Raimund Tiesler.
German Type VIIC submarines were preceded by the shorter Type VIIB submarines. U-649 had a displacement of 769 tonnes (757 long tons) when at the surface and 871 tonnes (857 long tons) while submerged. She had a total length of 67.10 m (220 ft 2 in), a pressure hull length of 50.50 m (165 ft 8 in), a beam of 6.20 m (20 ft 4 in), a height of 9.60 m (31 ft 6 in), and a draught of 4.74 m (15 ft 7 in). The submarine was powered by two Germaniawerft F46 four-stroke, six-cylinder supercharged diesel engines producing a total of 2,800 to 3,200 metric horsepower (2,060 to 2,350 kW; 2,760 to 3,160 shp) for use while surfaced, two Brown, Boveri & Cie GG UB 720/8 double-acting electric motors producing a total of 750 metric horsepower (550 kW; 740 shp) for use while submerged. She had two shafts and two 1.23 m (4 ft) propellers. The boat was capable of operating at depths of up to 230 metres (750 ft).
The submarine had a maximum surface speed of 17.7 knots (32.8 km/h; 20.4 mph) and a maximum submerged speed of 7.6 knots (14.1 km/h; 8.7 mph). When submerged, the boat could operate for 80 nautical miles (150 km; 92 mi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph); when surfaced, she could travel 8,500 nautical miles (15,700 km; 9,800 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph). U-649 was fitted with five 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedo tubes (four fitted at the bow and one at the stern), fourteen torpedoes, one 8.8 cm (3.46 in) SK C/35 naval gun, 220 rounds, and one twin 2 cm (0.79 in) C/30 anti-aircraft gun. The boat had a complement of between forty-four and sixty.
Attached to 5th U-boat Flotilla based at Kiel, U-649 never completed her training but sank in a collision with U-232 during training in the Baltic Sea on 24 February 1943. Of the crew of 46, eleven survived.
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