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German submarine U-366

Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-366
Ordered: 20 January 1941
Builder: Flensburger Schiffsbau-Ges, Flensburg
Yard number: 485
Laid down: 22 May 1942
Commissioned: 16 July 1943
Fate: Sunk by a British aircraft in March 1944, northwest of Hammerfest[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
Armament:
Service record[2]
Part of: 5th U-boat Flotilla
(16 July 1943–29 February 1944)
13th U-boat Flotilla
(1–29 March 1944)
Commanders: Oblt.z.S.. Bruno Langenberg
(16 July 1943–5 March 1944)
Operations: One patrol:
20–29 February 1944
Victories: None

German submarine U-366 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

She carried out one patrol. She did not sink or damage any ships.

She was a member of three wolfpacks.

She was sunk by a British aircraft northwest of Hammerfest in March 1944.[3]

Service history

The submarine was laid down on 22 May 1942 at the Flensburger Schiffsbau-Ges yard at Flensburg as yard number 485, launched on 16 April 1943 and commissioned on 16 July under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Bruno Langenberg.

She served with the 5th U-boat Flotilla from 16 July 1943 and the 13th flotilla from 1 March 1944.

The boat was moved from Kiel in Germany to Bergen in Norway in February 1944.

Patrol

U-359 '​s only patrol took her from Bergen to Hammerfest, along the Norwegian coastline, also in February.

Loss

During another move from Hammerfest, she was attacked and sunk on 5 March 1944 by rockets fired from a Fairey Swordfish of 816 Naval Air Squadron, FAA (Fleet Air Arm). The aircraft had flown from the escort carrier HMS Chaser.[3]

50 men died in the U-boat; there were no survivors.[4]

Wolf packs

U-366 took part in 3 wolfpacks, namely.

  • Hartmut (23 Feb 1944 - 28 Feb 1944)
  • Boreas (4 Mar 1944 - 5 Mar 1944)
  • Orkan (5 Mar 1944 - 5 Mar 1944)

References

Notes
  1. ^ Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1997, Arms & Armour, ISBN 1-85409-515-3, p. 174
  2. ^ "The Type VIIC boat U-366 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b http://uboat.net/boats/u366/htm
  4. ^ http://www.u-boot-archiv.de/dieboote/u0366.html U-366 at u-boot-archiv.de
Bibliography

External links

  • at u-boot-archiv.deU-366 (German)
  • at uboat.netU-366
  • at ubootwaffe.netU-366
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