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German submarine U-189
Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-189
Ordered: 4 November 1940
Builder: AG Weser, Bremen
Yard number: 1035
Laid down: 12 September 1941
Launched: 1 May 1942
Commissioned: August 1942
Fate: Sunk by a British aircraft
23 April 1943
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[1]
Part of: Kriegsmarine
4th U-boat Flotilla (training boat)
15 August 1942–1 April 1943
10th U-boat Flotilla
1 April–23 April 1943
Commanders: Kvkpt. Hellmut Kurrer
(15 August 1942–23 April 1943)
Operations: One patrol
Victories: None

German submarine U-189 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 12 September 1941 by AG Weser in Bremen as 'werk' 1035. She was launched on 1 May 1942 and commissioned on 15 August with Korvettenkapitän Hellmut Kurrer 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 April 1943 for operations. She was sunk by a British aircraft in April 1943.

Operational career[]

Patrol and loss[]

U-189's patrol took her from Kiel on 3 April 1943, across the North Sea and into the Atlantic Ocean through the 'gap' between Greenland and Iceland. She was sunk east of Cape Farewell (Greenland) by depth charges dropped by a British Liberator on 23 April 1943. Fifty-four men died; there were no survivors.

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