Type VII-D German U-Boat


The Type VII-D was a modified Type VII-C.  With the addition of a thirty-two foot section added to the hull abaft the conning tower with five free-flooding mine shaft, this variant was turned into a minelaying submarine.  Because the boat was 32 feet longer, bunkers and radius were greatly increased but there was loss of speed.  Only six Type VII-D boats were built; U-213 through U-218.

 

Displacement:    965/1,080 tons Length:                  252′ 3″ Beam:                    21′ 0″ Draft:                   16′ 6″
Power (diesel):    2,800 hp Power (electric):    750 hp Speed (diesel):     16 knots Speed (electric):  7 knots
Bunkers:   170 tons diesel fuel Range (diesel):  8,100 miles @ 12 knots Range (electric):   69 miles @ 4 knots Crew:   44 men *
Deck gun:   none AA guns:    two single 20mm  ** Tubes (fwd):  four Tubes (aft):   one

The Type VII-C boat carried fourteen torpedoes and fifteen mines or thirty-nine mines
 *  Crew complement varied up to perhaps 60 depending on the mission.
 **  AA capacity was increased in varying degrees from boat to boat.

Acknowledgements

Deepest thanks to our friends at the U-Bootskameradschaft Kiel for allowing us to bring their sacred book containing the names of all 28,863 U-Bootfahrer who were lost in action during World War II here to the USA where we carefully copied all the names of the fallen and list them here on our site.  Ours is the only website in the world that lists all these names.

Many thanks to our good friend and Sharkhunters Member since 1987 GEORG HÖGEL (240-LIFE-1987)for all the conning tower emblems used in our monthly KTB Magazine and also here on the pages of our website. GEORG was Funkmaat (radioman) aboard U-30, the first boat into combat, the first to sink a ship (the liner ATHENIA) and the first into an occupied French port.  When that Skipper (Lemp) took command of U-110, GEORG was one of the former crew to transfer to the new boat under Lemp.  After the war, he was Professor of Art at a major German university.

GEORG HÖGEL