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German submarine U-72 (1940)
Career
Name: U-72
Ordered: 25 January 1939
Builder: Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel
Yard number: 619
Laid down: 28 December 1939
Launched: 22 November 1940
Commissioned: 4 January 1941
Fate: Damaged by bombing, 30 March 1945
Scuttled, 2 May 1945
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 F46 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: 8,500 nmi (15,700 km) at 10 kn (19 km/h) ↑
80 km (43 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 & 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[1]
Part of: 21st U-boat Flotilla
(4 January–8 June 1941)
24th U-boat Flotilla
(9 June–1 July 1941)
21st U-boat Flotilla
(2 July 1941–30 March 1945)
Commanders: KrvKpt. Hans-Werner Neumann
(4 January–September 1941)
Oblt. Helmut Köster
(September–1 December 1941)
Kptlt. Waldemar Mehl
(2 December 1941–6 May 1942)
Hans-Martin Scheibe
(7 May–19 November 1942)
Oblt. Helmut Lange
(20 November 1942–14 December 1943)
Oblt. Paul Sander
(15 December 1943–19 May 1944)
Oblt. Karl-Theodor Mayer
(20 May 1944–March 1945)
Operations: None
Victories: None

German submarine U-72 was a Type VIIC submarine of the German Kriegsmarine during World War II.

U-71 was launched on 22 November 1940 and commissioned on 4 January 1941. U-72 served with 24th U-boat Flotilla (a training unit), and later with 21st U-boat Flotilla (also a training unit), from 2 July 1941 to 30 March 1945. U-72 was used throughout World War II as a training boat until it was damaged in a daylight American bombing raid on 30 March 1945. U-72 was scuttled on 2 May 1945.[1]

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