|Ship Class||Type IX-class Submarine|
|Builder||Deutsche Schiff- und Maschinenbau AG|
|Ordered||23 Dec 1939|
|Laid Down||30 Jan 1941|
|Launched||2 Sep 1941|
|Commissioned||5 Dec 1941|
|Sunk||17 Apr 1943|
|Displacement||1,232 tons standard; 1,540 tons submerged|
|Power Output||4,400 SHP|
|Range||13,450nm at 10 knots|
|Armament||6 torpedo tubes with 22 torpedoes, 1 Utof 105/45 deck gun|
|Surfaced Displacement||1120 tons|
|Submerged Power Output||1000 SHP|
|Submerged Speed||7.3 knots|
|Submerged Range||63nm at 4 knots|
|Maximum Depth||750 ft|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseThe submarine U-175 was commissioned in late 1941 with Lieutenant (KapitÃ¤nleutnant) 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 1941Â||U-175 was commissioned into service.|
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