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German submarine U-187
Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-187
Ordered: 15 August 1940
Builder: AG Weser, Bremen
Yard number: 1027
Laid down: 6 August 1941
Launched: 11 March 1941[1]
Commissioned: 23 July 1942[2]
Fate: Sunk by HMS Vimy and Beverley,
4 February 1943[2]
General characteristics
Type: Type IXC/40 submarine
Displacement: 1,120 t (1,100 long tons) surfaced
1,232 t (1,213 long tons) submerged
Length: 76.8 m (252 ft 0 in) o/a
58.7 m (192 ft 7 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.9 m (22 ft 8 in) o/a
4.4 m (14 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Height: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
Draft: 4.7 m (15 ft 5 in)
Propulsion: 2 × MAN M9V40/46 supercharged 9-cylinder diesel engines, 4,400 hp (3,281 kW)
2 × SSW GU345/34 double-acting electric motors, 1,000 hp (746 kW)
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h) surfaced
7.3 knots (13.5 km/h) submerged
Range: 25,620 nmi (47,450 km) at 10 knots (19 km/h) surfaced
117 nmi (217 km) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Complement: 48 to 56
Armament: • 6 × torpedo tubes (four bow, two stern)
• 22 × 533 mm (21 in) torpedoes
• 1 × Utof 105 mm/45 deck gun (110 rounds)
• AA guns
Service record[3]
Part of: Kriegsmarine
4th U-boat Flotilla (training boat)
23 July–31 December 1942
10th U-boat Flotilla
1 January –4 February 1943
Commanders: Kptlt. Ralph Münnich
(23 July 1942–4 February 1943)
Operations: One patrol
Victories: None

German submarine U-187 was a Type IXC/40 U-boat of the Nazi German Kriegsmarine built for service during World War II. Her keel was laid down on 6 August 1941 by AG Weser in Bremen as 'werk' 1027. She was launched on 16 March 1942 and commissioned on 23 July with Kapitänleutnant Ralph Münnich in command.

The U-boat's service began with training as part of the 4th U-boat Flotilla. She then moved to the 10th flotilla on 1 January 1943 for operations. She was sunk by two British destroyers in February 1943.

Operational career[]

Patrol and loss[]

U-186's patrol took her from Kiel on 12 January 1943, across the North Sea and into the Atlantic Ocean through the 'gap' between Iceland and the Faroe Islands. She was sunk in mid-Atlantic by depth charges dropped by the British destroyers HMS Vimy and Beverley. Nine men died; there were 45 survivors.

References[]

Notes
  1. Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1999, Arms & Armour, ISBN 1-85409-515-3, pp. 100-101
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kemp, pp. 100-101
  3. "The Type IXC/40 boat U-187 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". uboat.net. http://www.uboat.net/boats/u186.htm. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
Bibliography


Coordinates: 50°12′N 36°35′W / 50.2°N 36.583°W / 50.2; -36.583

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