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German submarine U-191
Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-191
Ordered: 4 November 1940
Builder: AG Weser, Bremen
Laid down: 2 November 1941
Launched: 23 July 1942
Commissioned: 20 October 1942
Fate: Sunk on 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) overall
58.7 m (192 ft 7 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.9 m (22 ft 8 in) overall
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 (3,300 kW)
2 × SSW GU345/34 double-acting electric motors, 1,000 hp (740 kW)
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph) surfaced
7.3 knots (13.5 km/h; 8.4 mph) submerged
Range: 25,620 nmi (47,450 km) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
117 nmi (217 km) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Complement: 48 to 56
Armament: 6 × 55 cm (22 in) torpedo tubes (four bow, two stern)
22 × torpedoes
1 × Utof 105 mm (4.1 in)/45 deck gun with 110 rounds

German submarine U-191 was a Type IXC/40 U-boat of the Nazi German Kriegsmarine built for service during World War II. She was ordered on 4 November 1940 from AG Weser Bremen, laid down on 2 November 1941, and launched on 3 July 1942.[1] She was commissioned under Kapitänleutnant Helmut Fiehn on 20 October 1942 and underwent crew training and work-ups until 31 March 1943.

War patrol[]

U-191 took part in several wolfpack operations in the North Atlantic. On 21 April 1943, she achieved her only success, torpedoing and sinking the 3,025-tonne Norwegian merchant ship Scebli, killing two of Scebli's crew. Two days later U-191 was attacked and sunk by the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Hesperus off the coast of Greenland south-east of Cape Farewell with the loss of her entire crew of 55 crew.[2]

References[]

  1. Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1999, Arms & Armour, ISBN 1-85409-515-3, p. 111.
  2. Kemp, p. 111.



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