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German submarine U-1172
U-995, a Type VIIC/41 U-boat similar to U-1172.
U-995 Type VIIC/41 at the Laboe Naval Memorial. This U-boat is almost identical to U-1172.
Career
Name: U-1172
Ordered: 16 July 1942
Builder: Danziger Werft AG, Danzig
Yard number: 144
Laid down: 7 June 1943
Launched: 3 December 1943
Commissioned: 20 April 1944
Fate: Sunk on 27 January 1945 in St Georges Channel at 52°24′N 5°42′W / 52.4°N 5.7°W / 52.4; -5.7 by British frigates
General characteristics (VIIC/41)[1]
Type: Type VIIC/41 submarine
Displacement: 759 tonnes (747 long tons) surfaced
860 t (846 long tons) submerged
Length: 67.23 m (220 ft 7 in) o/a
50.9 m (167 ft 0 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.85 m (22 ft 6 in) o/a
5 m (16 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Draft: 5 m (16 ft 5 in)
Propulsion: 2 × supercharged Germaniawerft 6-cylinder, 4-stroke F46 diesels totalling 2,800–3,200 hp (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)
Calculated crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 44-52 officers & ratings
Armament: 5 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedo tubes (4 bow, 1 stern)
14 × torpedoes
1 × 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun (220 rounds)
Service record
Part of: 8th U-boat Flotilla (Training)
20 April 1944 - 30 November 1944
11th U-boat Flotilla
1 December 1944 - 27 January 1945
Commanders: Oblt.z.S. Jürgen Kuhlmann[2]
20 April 1944 - 27 January 1945
Operations: 1 patrol
Victories: 1 merchant ship sunk (1,599 GRT)
1 merchant ship damaged (7,429 GRT)
1 warship total loss (11,400 tons)

German submarine U-1172 was a Type VIIC/41 U-boat built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine for service during World War II. She was laid down on 7 June 1943 by Danziger Werft, Danzig as yard number 144, launched on 3 December 1943 and commissioned on 20 April 1944 under Oberleutnant zur See Jürgen Kuhlmann.

Service History[edit | edit source]

The boat's service career began on 20 April 1944 with the 8th Training Flotilla, followed by active service with 11th Flotilla on 1 December 1944.

Wolfpacks[edit | edit source]

U-1172 took part in no wolfpacks

Fate[edit | edit source]

U-1172 was sunk on 27 January 1945 in St Georges Channel by depth charges from British frigates HMS Tyler, HMS Keats and HMS Bligh at 52°24′N 05°42′W / 52.4°N 5.7°W / 52.4; -5.7.

Summary of Raiding Career[edit | edit source]

Date Ship Nationality Tonnage Fate[3]
15 January 1945 HMS Thane  Royal Navy 11,400 Total loss
15 January 1945 Spinanger  Norway 7,429 Damaged
23 January 1945 Vigsnes  Norway 1,599 Sunk

References[edit | edit source]

Notes
  1. Helgason, Guðmundur. "Type VIIC/41". http://www.uboat.net/types/viic-41.htm. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  2. Helgason, Guðmundur. "Jürgen Kuhlmann". http://www.uboat.net/men/commanders/677.htm. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  3. Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by U-1172". http://www.uboat.net/boats/successes/u1172.html. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 

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