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German submarine U-520
Career
Name: U-520
Ordered: 14 February 1940
Builder: Deutsche Werft, Hamburg
Yard number: 335
Laid down: 1 July 1941
Launched: 2 March 1942
Commissioned: 19 May 1942
Fate: Sunk, 30 October 1942[1]
General characteristics
Type: Type IXC 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: 6.8 m (22 ft 4 in) o/a
4.4 m (14 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Height: 9.4 m (30 ft 10 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: 18.2 knots (33.7 km/h) surfaced
7.7 knots (14.3 km/h) submerged
Range: 24,880 nmi (46,080 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 × 10.5 cm SK C/32 naval gun[2] (110 rounds)
• AA guns
Service record[3][4]
Part of: 4th U-boat Flotilla
(19 May–30 September 1942)
2nd U-boat Flotilla
(1–30 October 1942)
Commanders: Kptlt. Volkmar Schwartzkopff
(19 May 1942–30 Oct 1942)
Operations: 1st patrol: 3–30 October 1942
Victories: None

German submarine U-520 was a Type IXC U-boat of the Nazi German Kriegsmarine during World War II. The U-boat was laid down on 1 July 1941 at the Deutsche Werft yard in Hamburg as 'werk' 335, launched on 2 March 1942 and commissioned on 19 May 1942 under the command of Kapitänleutnant Volkmar Schwartzkopff. After training with the 4th U-boat Flotilla, she was transferred to the 2nd flotilla for front-line service on 1 October 1942.

Service history[]

U-520 sailed from Kiel on 3 October 1942, she negotiated the gap between the Faeroe and Shetland Islands and then turned west toward Cape Farewell, (the southern tip of Greenland). After a brief journey in the direction of Iceland, she headed southwest, then south, before being sunk east of Newfoundland in position 47°47′N 49°50′W / 47.783°N 49.833°W / 47.783; -49.833Coordinates: 47°47′N 49°50′W / 47.783°N 49.833°W / 47.783; -49.833 by depth charges from a Canadian Douglas Digby light bomber of No. 10 Squadron RCAF. All 53 crew were lost.[3][5] In January 2006 an article in the Edmonton Journal reported that a team of divers planned to search for U-520 and another U-boat, U-190.

References[]

Notes
  1. Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1997, Arms & Armour, ISBN 1-85409-515-3, p. 94.
  2. Campbell, John Naval Weapons of World War Two ISBN 0-87021-459-4 pp.248&249
  3. 3.0 3.1 "The Type IXC boat U-520 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". uboat.net. http://www.uboat.net/boats/u520.htm. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  4. "War Patrols by German U-boat U-520 - Boats - uboat.net". uboat.net. http://www.uboat.net/boats/patrols/u520.html. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  5. "Patrol of U-boat U-520 from 3 Oct 1942 to 30 Oct 1942 - U-boat patrols - uboat.net". uboat.net. http://www.uboat.net/boats/patrols/patrol_1170.html. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
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