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German submarine U-304
Career
Name: U-304
Ordered: 7 December 1940
Builder: Flender Werke, Lübeck
Yard number: 304[1]
Laid down: 14 June 1941
Launched: 13 June 1942
Commissioned: 5 August 1942
Fate: Sunk by aircraft, 28 May 1943
General characteristics
Type: Type VIIC submarine
Displacement: 769 tonnes (757 long tons) ↑
871 t (857 long tons) ↓
Length: 67.1 m (220 ft 2 in) o/a
50.5 m (165 ft 8 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in) o/a
4.7 m (15 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Draft: 4.74 m (15 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 2 × supercharged Germaniawerft 6-cylinder 4-stroke F 46 diesel engines, totalling 2,800–3,200 bhp (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 (20.4 mph; 32.8 km/h) ↑
7.6 knots (8.7 mph; 14.1 km/h) ↓
Range: 15,170 km (8,190 nmi) at 10 kn (19 km/h) ↑
150 km (81 nmi) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h) ↓
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 44–52 officers and ratings
Armament: • 5 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedo tubes (four bow, one stern)
• 14 × G7e torpedoes or 26 TMA mines
• 1 × 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun(220 rounds)
• Various AA guns

German submarine U-304 was a Type VIIC U-boat of the Nazi German Kriegsmarine during World War II. She saw service in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Built in 1941 and 1942 at Flender-Werke, Lübeck,[1] U-304 was a Type VIIC U-boat, capable of lengthy ocean patrols and of operating in distant environments.

U-304 was launched on 13 June 1942 and commissioned 5 August 1942.[2] On 28 May 1943 the boat was attacked by British aircraft and sunk by bombs off Cape Farewell in the North Atlantic at 54°50′N 37°20′W / 54.833°N 37.333°W / 54.833; -37.333Coordinates: 54°50′N 37°20′W / 54.833°N 37.333°W / 54.833; -37.333. All 46 crew members died in the event.[2]

References[]

Notes
  1. 1.0 1.1 Gröner, p. 72.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Gröner, p. 86.
Bibliography
  • Gröner, Erich (1985). U-Boote, Hilfskreuzer, Minenschiffe, Netzleger, Sperrbrecher. III. Koblenz: Bernard&Graefe. ISBN 3763748024. 


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