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Ship ClassShchuka-class Submarine
BuilderBaltiyskiy Zavod, Leningrad, Russia
Laid Down4 Dec 1934
Launched28 Jun 1935
Commissioned23 Jul 1936
Sunk23 Apr 1942
Displacement704 tons standard
Length187 feet
Beam20 feet
Draft12 feet
MachineryDiesel engines (1,370hp), electric motors (800hp), batteries, 2 shafts
Speed12 knots
Armament4x forward torpedo tubes, 2x aft torpedo tubes, 10 torpedoes, 2x45mm guns


ww2dbaseSubmarine ShCh-401 began her life under the designation of ShCh-313 of the Soviet Baltic Fleet. Prior to the Russo-German War which began in Jun 1941, she was transferred to the Soviet Northern Fleet, which necessitated her designation to ShCh-401. In Apr 1942, she became missing off northern Norway some time after reporting she had attacked German submarine chaser UJ 1110 in failure; she either struck a mine shortly after the report, or was pursued and destroyed by UJ 1110.

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Last Major Revision: Oct 2012


Soviet submarine ShCh-401, circa late 1930s or early 1940s

ShCh-401 Operational Timeline

4 Dec 1934 The keel of submarine ShCh-313 was laid down by Baltiyskiy Zavod at Leningrad, Russia.
28 Jun 1935 ShCh-313 was launched at Leningrad, Russia.
23 Jul 1936 ShCh-313 was commissioned into service.
15 Jul 1941 ShCh-401 attacked German auxiliary submarine chasers UJ 177 and UJ 178 off Kiberg, Norway with a torpedo; the torpedo missed.
24 Dec 1941 ShCh-401 attacked an enemy ship with four torpedoes off Bosfjord, Norway at 2003 hours; all torpedoes missed.
7 Jan 1942 ShCh-401 attacked an enemy ship with three torpedoes off Helnes, Norway at 0038 hours; all torpedoes missed.
19 Apr 1942 ShCh-401 pursued a German convoy with torpedoes off Tanafjord, Norway, targeting tanker Forbach; the submarine was driven off by German mineseepers M 154 and M 251 before the attack was made.
23 Apr 1942 Soviet submarine ShCh-401 attacked a German supply convoy just off Gamvik in northern Norway, sinking Norwegian merchant ship Stensaas (all aboard survived). Later on the same day, ShCh-401 attacked German submarine chaser UJ 1110, but was driven off by UJ 1110's depth charges. ShCh-401 reported in her position in the evening, but it would be the last time she was heard from; she likely ran into a minefield shortly after the report.

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Soviet submarine ShCh-401, circa late 1930s or early 1940s

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