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German submarine U-848
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U-848 under attack from a very low flying aircraft.
Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-848
Ordered: 20 January 1941
Builder: AG Weser, Bremen
Yard number: 1054
Laid down: 6 January 1942
Launched: 6 October 1942
Commissioned: 20 February 1943
Motto: et quo volverunt! (and the wish!)
Fate: Sunk, 5 November 1943 (10°09′S 18°00′W / 10.15°S 18°W / -10.15; -18)
General characteristics [1]
Type: Type IXD2 submarine
Displacement: 1,610 t (1,580 long tons) surfaced
1,799 t (1,771 long tons) submerged
Length: 87.6 m (287 ft 5 in) o/a
68.5 m (224 ft 9 in) pressure hull
Beam: 7.5 m (24 ft 7 in) o/a
4.4 m (14 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Height: 10.2 m (33 ft 6 in)
Draft: 5.4 m (17 ft 9 in)
Propulsion: 2 × MAN M 9 V 40/46 supercharged 9-cylinder diesel engines, 4,400 hp (3,281 kW)
2 × SSW 2 GU 345/34 double acting electric motors, 1,000 hp (746 kW)
Speed: 20.8 knots (38.5 km/h) surfaced
6.9 knots (12.8 km/h) submerged
Range: 12,750 nmi (23,610 km; 14,670 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h) surfaced
213 nautical miles (394 km; 245 mi) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Complement: 55 to 63
Armament:
Service record[2][3]
Part of: 4th U-boat Flotilla
(20 February 1943 – 31 July 1943)
12th U-boat Flotilla
(1 August 1943 – 5 November 1943)
Commanders: Korvettenkapitän Wilhelm Rollmann
(20 February 1943 – 5 November 1943)
Operations: 1st patrol: 18 September – 5 November 1943
Victories: 1 commercial ship sunk (4,573 GRT)

German submarine U-848 was a Type IXD2 U-boat built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II. Laid down in Bremen and completed in February 1943, the boat was a long-range Type IX, with four bow and two stern torpedo tubes.

She was commanded throughout her brief service life by Korvettenkapitän Wilhelm Rollmann, who led her through her sea trials and onto her first war patrol on 18 September 1943.

Service History[edit | edit source]

U-848's first patrol was to join the Monsun Gruppe, based in the Indian Ocean. On 2 November 1943, she torpedoed and sank the unescorted 4,573 GRT British steamship Baron Semple NW of Ascension Island. All hands were lost.

U-848 under attack

U-848 under attack

Fate[edit | edit source]

She was intercepted after 49 days on 5 November 1943, off the coast of Brazil, by the US Army Air Corps.

She was depth charged by 3 Liberator and 2 Mitchell aircraft. All 63 hands were lost.

Summary of Raiding Career[edit | edit source]

Date Ship Nationality Tonnage Fate
2 November 1943 Baron Semple  United Kingdom 4,573 Sunk

References[edit | edit source]

Notes
Bibliography
  • Busch, Rainer; Röll, Hans-Joachim (1999) (in German). Deutsche U-Boot-Verluste von September 1939 bis Mai 1945. IV. Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn: Mittler. ISBN 3-8132-0514-2. 
  • Gröner, Erich (1985) (in German). U-Boote, Hilfskreuzer, Minenschiffe, Netzleger, Sperrbrecher. III. Koblenz: Bernard & Graefe. ISBN 3-7637-4802-4. 
  • Sharpe, Peter (1998). U-Boat Fact File. Great Britain: Midland Publishing. ISBN 1-85780-072-9. 
  • Bridgland, Tony, Waves of Hate, Leo Cooper, Great Britain: 2002. ISBN 0-85052-822-4.

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