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German submarine U-153 (1941)
Career (Germany)
Name: U-153
Ordered: 25 September 1939
Builder: AG Weser, Bremen
Yard number: 995
Laid down: 12 September 1940
Launched: 5 April 1941
Commissioned: 19 July 1941
Fate: Sunk on 13 July 1942[1][2]
General characteristics
Type: Type IXC submarine
Displacement: 1,120 t (1,100 long tons) surfaced
1,232 t (1,213 long tons) submerged
Length: 76.8 m (252 ft 0 in) overall
58.7 m (192 ft 7 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.8 m (22 ft 4 in) overall
4.4 m (14 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Height: 9.4 m (30 ft 10 in)
Draft: 4.7 m (15 ft 5 in)
Propulsion: 2 × MAN M9V40/46 supercharged 9-cylinder diesel engines, 4,000 hp (2,983 kW)
2 × SSW GU345/34 double-acting electric motors, 1,000 hp (746 kW)
Speed: 18.2 knots (33.7 km/h) surfaced
7.3 knots (13.5 km/h) submerged
Range: 24,880 nmi (46,080 km) at 10 knots (19 km/h) surfaced
117 nmi (217 km) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Complement: 48 to 56
Armament: 6 × torpedo tubes (four bow, two stern)
22 × 55 cm (22 in) torpedoes
1 × 10.5 cm SK C/32 naval gun[3] (110 rounds)
Service record
Part of: Kriegsmarine
4th U-boat Flotilla
(19 July–31 May)
2nd U-boat Flotilla (1 June–13 July 1942)
Commanders: Wilfried Reichmann
Operations: Two patrols
Victories: Three ships sunk for a total of 16,186 gross register tons (GRT)

German submarine U-153 was a Type IXC U-boat of the Nazi German Kriegsmarine built for service during World War II. The keel for this boat was laid down on 12 September 1940 at the AG Weser yard in Bremen, Germany as 'werk' 995. She was launched on 5 April 1941 and commissioned on 19 July under the command of Korvettenkapitän Wilfried Reichmann.

The submarine began her service life with training as part of the 4th U-boat Flotilla; moving on to the 2nd flotilla for operations. She conducted two patrols, sinking three ships.

She was sunk by an American destroyer in July 1942.

Operational history

1st patrol

The boat's first patrol began with her departure from Kiel on 18 May 1942. After a brief stop in Kristiansand in Norway, she headed for the Atlantic Ocean via the gap between the Faroe and Shetland Islands. After a long southwest, south and southeast sweep, she docked at Lorient in occupied France, on the 30th.

2nd patrol and loss

She sank the Anglo-Canadian on 25 June 1942 800 mi (1,300 km) northeast of Antigua. The survivors were helped to lifeboats and received water and cigarettes. The following day, she sank the Potlatch, about 650 mi (1,050 km) east of the Virgin Islands. She also sank the Ruth on the 29th about 320 mi (510 km) north northeast of Barbuda.

U-153 was attacked by US A-20a aircraft of the 59th Bomb Squadron, USAAF on 6 July 1942 in the eastern Caribbean. She was sunk on the 13th near Colón, not far from the entrance to the Panama Canal, by the American destroyer USS Landsdowne.

Raiding history

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
25 June 1942 Anglo-Canadian  United Kingdom 5,268 Sunk
27 June 1942 Potlatch  USA 6,085 Sunk
29 June 1942 Ruth  USA 4,833 Sunk

See also


  1. Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1997, Arms & Armour, ISBN 1-85409-515-3, p. 84
  2. Gannon, Michael - Operation Drumbeat - the dramatic true story of Germany's first U-boat attacks along the American coast in World War II, 1990, Harper and Row publishers, ISBN 0-060161155-8, p. 384 .
  3. Campbell, John Naval Weapons of World War Two ISBN 0-87021-459-4 pp.248&249

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