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German submarine U-289

Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-289
Ordered: 5 June 1941
Builder: Bremer Vulkan, Bremen-Vegesack
Yard number: 54
Laid down: 12 September 1942
Launched: 25 May 1943
Commissioned: 10 July 1943
Fate: Sunk, May 1944 by a British warship[1]
General characteristics
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
Draft: 4.74 m (15 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 2 × supercharged Germaniawerft 6-cylinder 4-stroke F46 diesel engines, totalling 2,800–3,200 bhp (2,100–2,400 kW). Max rpm: 470-490
2 × electric motors, totalling 750 shp (560 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
Service record[2][3]
Part of: 8th U-boat Flotilla
(10 July 1943–31 March 1944)
3rd U-boat Flotilla
(1 April–1 May 1944)
13th U-boat Flotilla
(1 May–31 May 1944)
Commanders: Kptlt. Alexander Hellwig
(10 July 1943–31 May 1944)
Operations: Two patrols:
19 April–6 May 1944
12 May–31 May 1944
Victories: None

German submarine U-289 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

The submarine was laid down on 12 September 1942 at the Bremer Vulkan yard at Bremen-Vegesack as yard number 54. She was launched on 25 May 1943 and commissioned on 10 July under the command of Kapitänleutnant Alexander Hellwig.[2]

She did not sink or damage any ships.

She was sunk by a British destroyer in May 1944.


  • Service history 1
    • 1st patrol 1.1
    • 2nd patrol and loss 1.2
  • References 2
  • External links 3

Service history

U-289 served with the 8th U-boat Flotilla for training from July 1943 to March 1944 and operationally with the 3rd flotilla from 1 April. She was reassigned to the 13th flotilla in early May 1944.

1st patrol

The boat's initial foray, which was preceded by a short voyage from Kiel to Bergen in Norway, began with her departure from the Nordic port on 19 April 1944 and finished at Narvik on 6 May.

2nd patrol and loss

She departed Narvik on 12 May 1944. On the 31st she was sunk by depth charges dropped by the British destroyer HMS Milne northeast of Jan Mayen Island.[4]

Fifty-one men died; there were no survivors.


  1. ^ Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1997, Arms & Armour, ISBN 1-85409-515-3, p. 193.
  2. ^ a b "The Type VIIC boat U-289 - German U-boats of WWII -". Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "War Patrols by German U-boat U-289 - Boats -". Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Kemp, p. 193.
  • 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).  
  • Gröner, Erich (1985). U-Boote, Hilfskreuzer, Minenschiffe, Netzleger, Sperrbrecher. Die deutschen Kriegsschiffe 1815-1945 (in German) III (Koblenz:  

External links

  • at u-boot-archiv.deU-289 (German)
  • at uboat.netU-289
  • at ubootwaffe.netU-289

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