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German submarine U-549
Career
Name: U-549
Ordered: 5 June 1941
Builder: Deutsche Werft, Hamburg
Yard number: 370
Laid down: 28 September 1942
Launched: 28 April 1943
Commissioned: 14 July 1943
Fate: Sunk, 29 May 1944[1]
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[2][3]
Part of: 4th U-boat Flotilla
(14 July–31 December 1943)
10th U-boat Flotilla
(1 January–29 May 1944)
Commanders: Kptlt. Detlev Krankenhagen
(14 July 1943–29 May 1944)
Operations:

1st patrol: 11 January–26 March 1944

2nd patrol: 14–29 May 1944
Victories: One warship sunk (9,393 GRT)
one warship damaged (1,300 GRT)

German submarine U-549 was a Type IXC/40 U-boat of the German Navy (Kriegsmarine) during World War II. The submarine was laid down on 28 September 1942 at the Deutsche Werft yard in Hamburg, launched on 28 April 1943, and commissioned on 14 July 1943 under the command of Kapitänleutnant Detlev Krankenhagen. After training with the 4th U-boat Flotilla at Stettin, the U-boat was transferred to the 10th U-boat Flotilla for front-line service on 1 January 1944.[2]

Service history[]

1st patrol[]

U-549 departed Kiel on 11 January 1944, and sailed out into the mid-Atlantic, via the gap between Iceland and the Faeroe Islands, but had no successes. The U-boat arrived at Lorient in occupied France on 26 March after 76 days at sea.[4]

2nd patrol and loss[]

The U-boat left Lorient on 14 May 1944 and sailed to the waters north-west of the Canary Islands.[5] At 20:13 on 29 May 1944, U-549 slipped through the anti-submarine screen of the hunter-killer group TG 21.11, and fired three T-3 torpedoes at the escort carrier USS Block Island, hitting her with two, and severely damaging the ship which was later sunk by her escorts.[6] At 20.40 hours the U-boat fired a salvo of T-5 acoustic torpedoes, badly damaging the destroyer escort Barr (DE-576), and missing the Eugene E. Elmore (DE-686).[7] A counter-attack with depth charges was launched by Ahrens (DE-575) and Eugene E. Elmore which sank the U-boat, in position 31°13′N 23°03′W / 31.217°N 23.05°W / 31.217; -23.05Coordinates: 31°13′N 23°03′W / 31.217°N 23.05°W / 31.217; -23.05. All 57 hands were lost.[2]

Raiding history[]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate
29 May 1944 USS Barr  USA 1,300 Damaged
29 May 1944 USS Block Island  USA 9,393 Sunk

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