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German submarine U-626
Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-626
Ordered: 15 August 1940
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Laid down: 28 July 1941
Launched: 15 April 1942
Commissioned: 9 May 1942
Fate: Sunk by USCGC Ingham, 15 December 1942
General characteristics
Type: Type VIIC submarine
Displacement: 769 tonnes (757 long tons) surfaced
871 t (857 long tons) submerged
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 M6V 40/46 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) surfaced
7.6 knots (8.7 mph; 14.1 km/h) submerged
Range: 15,170 km (8,190 nmi) at 10 kn (19 km/h) surfaced
150 km (81 nmi) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 44–52 officers & ratings
Armament: • 5 × 533 mm (21 in) torpedo tubes (4 bow, 1 stern)
• 14 × torpedoes or 26 TMA mines
• 1 × C35 88mm gun/L45 deck gun (220 rounds)
• Various AA guns
Service record
Part of: 5th U-boat Flotilla
(June–October 1942)
6th U-boat Flotilla
(November 1942–December 1942)
Commanders: lt. Hans-Botho Bade
(June 1942–December 1942)
Operations: 1 war patrol
Victories: None

German submarine U-626 was a Type VIIC U-boat of the German Kriegsmarine during World War II. The ship was built by Blohm & Voss of Hamburg, and commissioned in May 1942.[1] She was assigned to the 5th U-boat Flotilla for basic training, and upon completion was permanently assigned to the 6th U-boat Flotilla.[1] On 8 December 1942, U-626 under the direction of Leutnant zur See Hans-Botho Bade left Bergen, Norway for her maiden patrol.[1] The USCGC Ingham along with USS Babbitt and USS Leary were in the middle of escort duties near Iceland, while U-626 was on its first patrol.[2] On 15 December the USCGC Ingham scouted ahead of the other escorts in search of a larger convoy.[2] The cutter made sonar contact with a "doubtful" object and dropped one 600 pound depth charge at U-626 sinking the ship and killing the crew of 47.[1][2] The cutter continued on without incident, without even knowing that it sunk U-626.[2] U-626 was the last U-boat of 1942 to be sunk by an American agency, and it was not known until after the war that Ingham had sunk U-626.[2]


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