German submarine U-555

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name:U-555
Ordered:25 September 1939
Builder:Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Yard number:531
Laid down:2 January 1940
Launched:7 December 1940
Commissioned:30 January 1941
Decommissioned:March 1945
Fate:Surrendered, May 1945, and broken up
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 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 (32.8 km/h; 20.4 mph) surfaced
7.6 knots (14.1 km/h; 8.7 mph) submerged
Range:8,500 nmi (15,700 km; 9,800 mi) at 10 kn (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
80 nmi (150 km; 92 mi) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth:230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement:44–52 officers and ratings
Armament:3 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedo tubes (two bow, one stern)
14 × G7e torpedoes or 26 TMA mines
1 × 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun (220 rounds)
Various AA guns
Service record[1]
Part of:24th U-boat Flotilla
(30 January 1941–30 November 1942)
21st U-boat Flotilla
(1 December 1942–1 March 1945)
Commanders:Kptlt. Hans-Joachim Horrer
(30 January–25 August 1941 )
Kptlt. Götz von Hartmann
(26 August 1941–4 February 1942)
Oblt.z.S.. Horst Rendtel
(5 February–August 1942)
Ltn'. Franz Saar
(August–4 October 1942)
Oblt.z.S. Dieter Erdmann
(5 October 1942–30 November 1943)
Oblt.z.S.. Detlev Fritz
(1 December 1943–March 1945)
Operations:None
Victories:None
 
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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name:U-555
Ordered:25 September 1939
Builder:Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Yard number:531
Laid down:2 January 1940
Launched:7 December 1940
Commissioned:30 January 1941
Decommissioned:March 1945
Fate:Surrendered, May 1945, and broken up
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 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 (32.8 km/h; 20.4 mph) surfaced
7.6 knots (14.1 km/h; 8.7 mph) submerged
Range:8,500 nmi (15,700 km; 9,800 mi) at 10 kn (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
80 nmi (150 km; 92 mi) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth:230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement:44–52 officers and ratings
Armament:3 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedo tubes (two bow, one stern)
14 × G7e torpedoes or 26 TMA mines
1 × 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun (220 rounds)
Various AA guns
Service record[1]
Part of:24th U-boat Flotilla
(30 January 1941–30 November 1942)
21st U-boat Flotilla
(1 December 1942–1 March 1945)
Commanders:Kptlt. Hans-Joachim Horrer
(30 January–25 August 1941 )
Kptlt. Götz von Hartmann
(26 August 1941–4 February 1942)
Oblt.z.S.. Horst Rendtel
(5 February–August 1942)
Ltn'. Franz Saar
(August–4 October 1942)
Oblt.z.S. Dieter Erdmann
(5 October 1942–30 November 1943)
Oblt.z.S.. Detlev Fritz
(1 December 1943–March 1945)
Operations:None
Victories:None

German submarine U-555 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II. The submarine was laid down on 2 January 1940 at the Blohm & Voss yard in Hamburg as yard number 531, launched on 7 December 1940, and commissioned on 30 January 1941 under the command of Kapitänleutnant Hans-Joachim Horrer.[1]

Service history[edit]

Initially attached to the 24th U-boat Flotilla, she was transferred to the 21st U-boat Flotilla based at Pillau (now Baltiysk in Russia) on 1 December 1942, and served throughout the war under a number of commanders as a training boat, seeing no combat service.[1]

The U-boat was stricken on 1 March 1945, and surrendered to the British in May. She was later broken up.[1]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d "The Type VIIC boat U-555 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". uboat.net. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
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