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German submarine U-200
U-200 Luftangriff.jpg
U-200 under attack on 24 June 1943 southwest of Iceland
Career
Name: U-200
Ordered: 4 November 1940
Builder: AG Weser, Bremen
Yard number: 1046
Laid down: 3 November 1941
Launched: 10 August 1942
Commissioned: 22 December 1942
Fate: Sunk, 24 June 1943 by a British aircraft southwest of Iceland
General characteristics
Type: Type IXD2 submarine
Displacement: Surfaced: 1616 tons
Submerged: 1804 tons
Length: Overall: 87.60 m (287.4 ft)
Pressure hull: 68.50 m (224.7 ft)
Beam: Overall: 7.50 m (24.6 ft)
Pressure hull: 4.40 m (14.4 ft)
Draught: 5.40 m (17.7 ft)
Propulsion: Surfaced: 5,400 hp
Submerged: 1,100 hp
Speed: Surfaced: 19.2 kn (35.6 km/h; 22.1 mph)
Submerged: 6.9 kn (12.8 km/h; 7.9 mph)
Range: Surfaced: 31,500 mi (50,700 km) at 10 kn (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Submerged: 57 mi (92 km) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph)
Test depth: Calculated crush depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Armament:
  • 6 × 53.3cm Torpedo tubes: four bow, two stern (24 torpedoes) or 72 TMA mines
  • 1 × 105/45 deck gun with 150 rounds
  • 1 × 37mm and 1 × 20mm Flak
Service record[1][2]
Part of: 4th U-boat Flotilla
(22 December 1942–31 May 1943)
12th U-boat Flotilla
(1 June–24 June 1943)
Commanders: KrvKpt. Heinrich Schonder
(22 December 1942–24 June 1943)
Operations: 12 June–24 June 1943
Victories: None

German submarine U-200 was a Type IXD2 U-boat of the Nazi German Kriegsmarine during World War II.

The submarine was laid down on 3 November 1941 at the AG Weser yard at Bremen as 'werk' 1046, launched on 10 August 1942 and commissioned on 22 December 1942 under the command of Korvettenkapitän Heinrich Schonder. After training with the 4th U-boat Flotilla at Stettin, the boat was transferred to the 12th U-boat Flotilla for front-line service from 1 June 1943.[1]

She was sunk southwest of Iceland by depth charges from a British aircraft.

Service History[]

U-200's first and only operational war patrol began on 12 June 1943. The new submarine departed Kiel and sailed north of the British Isles, through the 'gap' between Iceland and the Faroe Islands and into the Atlantic Ocean. On 24 June 1943 the U-boat was located by the RAF and sunk with all hands in position 58°15′N 25°25′W / 58.25°N 25.417°W / 58.25; -25.417 by depth charges from a British Consolidated B-24 Liberator of 120 Squadron. This was initially reported to be an attack on U-194 which was sunk on the same day, but that submarine was sunk by aircraft of a different unit.

All 68 souls aboard U-200, including seven members of the German 'Brandenburg' special forces, were lost.[2]

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