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German submarine U-881
Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-881
Ordered: 2 April 1942[1]
Builder: AG Weser, Bremen[1]
Yard number: 1089[1]
Laid down: 7 August 1943[1]
Launched: 4 March 1944[1]
Commissioned: 27 May 1944[1]
Fate: sunk by USS Farquhar, 6 May 1945[1]
Service record
Part of:

Kriegsmarine[1]

Commanders:
  • Kptlt. Dr. Karl-Heinz Frischke (May 1944 – May 1945)[1]
Operations: 1 patrols[1]
Victories: None[1]
General characteristics
Class & type: Type IXC/40 submarine
Displacement: 1,144 t (1,261 short tons), surfaced[2]
1,257 t (1,386 short tons), submerged
Length: 237 ft 2.15 in (72.2922 m)[2]
Beam: 22 ft 8.25 in (6.9152 m)[2]
Draft: 15 ft 4 in (4.67 m)[1]
Speed: 18.3 knots (33.9 km/h), surfaced[2]
7.3 knots (13.5 km/h), submerged
Endurance: 16,800 nautical miles @ 10 knots, surfaced (31,100 km @ 19 km/h)[2]
63 nautical miles @ 4 knots, submerged (117 km @ 7.4 km/h)[2]
Test depth: 330 feet (100 m)[2]
Complement: 48 (standard)[2]
Armament: 6 × 21 in (53.3 cm) torpedo tubes (4 bow, 2 stern)[1]
19 torpedoes, std. (22 max.)[2]
1 × 4.1 in (10 cm) deck gun (180 rounds)
1 x 37 mm (1.5 in) flak gun (2,625 rounds)
2 x 20 mm (0.79 in) twin flak gun (8,500 rounds)
Notes: 35-second diving time[2]

German submarine U-881 was a Type IXC/40 U-boat of the German Navy during World War II. The ship was ordered on 26 April 1942, laid down on 7 August 1943, and launched on 4 March 1944. She was commissioned into the Kriegsmarine under the command of Kplt. Dr. Karl-Heinz Frischke on 27 May 1944. Initially assigned to the 4th U-boat Flotilla, she was transferred to the 33rd U-boat Flotilla on 1 March 1945.

For her first patrol, U-881 was assigned to operate in US coastal waters with wolf pack Seewolf.[3] During this operation U-881 was depth charged and sunk by the American destroyer escort Farquhar on 6 May 1945 in one of the last actions in American waters of the Atlantic campaign. She sank at position 43°18′N 47°44′W / 43.3°N 47.733°W / 43.3; -47.733Coordinates: 43°18′N 47°44′W / 43.3°N 47.733°W / 43.3; -47.733 with the loss of all 54 men on board.[1]

References[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Helgason, Guðmundur. "U-881". Uboat.net. http://uboat.net/boats/u881.htm. Retrieved 30 March 2009. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Tarrant, p. 176.
  3. Blair p 687

Bibliography[]

  • Tarrant, V. E. (1989). The U-Boat Offensive: 1914–1945. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 978-0-87021-764-7. OCLC 20338385. 
  • Clay Blair : Hitler's U-Boat War [Volume 2]: The Hunted 1942-1945 (1998) ISBN 0-304-35261-6 (2000 UK paperback ed.)



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