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U-175

CountryGermany
Ship ClassType IX-class Submarine
Builder NameDeutsche Schiff- und Maschinenbau AG
Slip/Drydock NumberV
Ordered23 Dec 1939
Laid Down30 Jan 1941
Launched2 Sep 1941
Commissioned5 Dec 1941
Sunk17 Apr 1943
Displacement1,232 tons standard; 1,540 tons submerged
Length252 feet
Beam22 feet
Draft15 feet
Power Output4,400 SHP
Speed18 knots
Range13,450nm at 10 knots
Crew56
Armament6 torpedo tubes with 22 torpedoes, 1 Utof 105/45 deck gun
Surfaced Displacement1120 tons
Height31 ft
Submerged Power Output1000 SHP
Submerged Speed7.3 knots
Submerged Range63nm at 4 knots
Maximum Depth750 ft

Contributor:

ww2dbaseThe submarine U-175 was commissioned in late 1941 with Lieutenant (Kapitšnleutnant) Heinrich Bruns. She embarked on three patrols during the war, during which she sank 10 Allied ships. On 17 Apr 1943, she came across Allied Convoy HX-233 in the Atlantic southwest of Ireland at position 47.53N, 22.04W. She attempted a submerged daylight attack. She already had her sights locked on the American tanker G. Harrison Smith when the crew of United States Coast Guard cutter Spencer spotted and attacked her with depth charges. As U-175 was forced to surface, she was attacked by gunfire from surrounding ships. "The [depth charges] were bad", said a rescued survivor of U-175. "Everything was shaking.... We came up and saw you in the periscope, but you saw us and we knew it was all over." She was boarded by Spencer's crew led by Lieutenant Ross P. Bullard, but the German sailors had already opened up the dive valves during the normal abandonment procedures, therefore her capture was deemed impossible. 41 German sailors out of the crew of 54 survived the attack.

ww2dbaseSources: United States Coast Guard, Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: Oct 2006

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5 Dec 1941 U-175 was commissioned into service.

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A boarding party shoves off from United States Coast Guard cutter Spencer to board the U-175 after the sub was forced to the surface by depth charges, North Atlantic, 500 nautical miles WSW of Ireland, 17 Apr 1943.Boarding party from Coast Guard cutter Spencer approaching the U-175 after the sub was forced to the surface by depth charges, North Atlantic, 500 nautical miles WSW of Ireland, 17 Apr 1943. Minutes later, U-175 sank.
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1. Swashbuckler says:
17 Apr 2016 11:38:28 AM

Lt. Bullard continued his Coast Guard career after the war, retiring in 1975 as a Rear Admiral.

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A boarding party shoves off from United States Coast Guard cutter Spencer to board the U-175 after the sub was forced to the surface by depth charges, North Atlantic, 500 nautical miles WSW of Ireland, 17 Apr 1943.Boarding party from Coast Guard cutter Spencer approaching the U-175 after the sub was forced to the surface by depth charges, North Atlantic, 500 nautical miles WSW of Ireland, 17 Apr 1943. Minutes later, U-175 sank.
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