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German submarine U-54 (1939)

For other ships of the same name, see German submarine U-54.
Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-54
Ordered: 16 July 1937
Builder: Germaniawerft, Kiel
Cost: 4,439,000 Reichsmark
Yard number: 589
Laid down: 13 September 1938
Launched: 15 August 1939
Commissioned: 23 September 1939
Fate: Missing from February 1940, probably lost to a mine
General characteristics
Class & type: Type VIIB U-boat
Displacement: 753 t (741 long tons) ↑
857 t (843 long tons) ↓
Length: 66.5 m (218 ft 2 in) o/a
48.8 m (160 ft 1 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in) overall
4.7 m (15 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Draught: 4.74 m (15 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 2 × supercharged MAN 6 cylinder, 4-stroke M 6 V 40/46 diesel engines totalling 2,800–3,200 bhp (2,100–2,400 kW) Max rpm 470-490 ↑
2 × BBC GG UB 720/8 electric engines totalling 750 shp (560 kW) ↓
Speed: 17.9 kn (33.2 km/h)
8 kn (15 km/h)
Range: 8,700 nmi (16,112 km) at 10 kn (19 km/h)↑
90 nmi (170 km) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h)
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft). Calculated crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 44 to 48 officers and ratings
  • 5 x 53.3 cm torpedo tubes: four bow, one stern (14 torpedoes or 26 TMA or 39 TMB mines)
  • 1 x 8.8 cm SK C/35 naval gun with 220 rounds
  • C30 20 mm flak guns
Service record
Part of: 7th U-boat Flotilla
(23 September–31 December 1939)
(1 January–20 February 1940)
Commanders: Kptlt. Georg-Heinz Michel
23 September–31 December 1939
Krvkpt. Günter Kutschmann
5 December 1939–20 February 1940
Operations: One:
12–20 February 1940
Victories: None

German submarine U-54 was a Type VIIB U-boat of the Nazi German Kriegsmarine during World War II. She was ordered on 16 July 1937 and was laid down on 13 September 1938 at Germaniawerft, Kiel, becoming Werk 589. She was launched on 15 August 1939 and commissioned under her first commander, Kapitänleutnant (Kptlt.) Georg-Heinz Michel, on 23 September of that year. Michel commanded her for her work-ups with the 7th U-boat Flotilla between 23 September and 30 November 1939. He was succeeded by Korvettenkapitän (Krvkpt.) Günter Kutschmann on 5 December, who completed the training programme by 31 December. She became an operational boat of the 7th Flotilla and set out for her first and only war patrol on 1 January 1940 in the North Sea. She did not record any successes during this cruise and was reported missing after failing to check in on 20 February.

She was probably lost with all hands after striking a mine in the mine barrages Field No. 4 or Field No. 6, which had been laid by the Royal Navy destroyers HMS Ivanhoe and Intrepid in early January 1940. This however has not been proven and the reason for her disappearance remains officially unknown. Part of one of her torpedoes was found on 14 March 1940 by the German patrol boat V1101 in position 54°57′N 06°45′E / 54.950°N 6.750°E / 54.950; 6.750 (Deptford (ship)).

See also

  • List of German U-boats


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