|German submarine U-196|
|Ordered:||4 November 1940|
|Builder:||AG Weser, Bremen|
|Laid down:||10 June 1941|
|Launched:||24 April 1942|
|Commissioned:||11 September 1942|
|Fate:||Unknown; listed as missing ~ 12 December 1944|
|Type:||Type IXD2 submarine|
Surfaced: 1616 tons|
Submerged: 1804 tons
Overall: 87.60 m (287.4 ft)|
Pressure hull: 68.50 m (224.7 ft)
Overall: 7.50 m (24.6 ft)|
Pressure hull: 4.40 m (14.4 ft)
|Draught:||5.40 m (17.7 ft)|
Surfaced: 4,400 hp|
Submerged: 1,000 hp
Surfaced: 19.2 kn (35.6 km/h; 22.1 mph)|
Submerged: 6.9 kn (12.8 km/h; 7.9 mph)
Surfaced: 23,700 mi (38,100 km) at 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)|
Submerged: 57 mi (92 km) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph)
|Test depth:||Calculated crush depth: 230 m (750 ft)|
4th U-boat Flotilla|
(11 September 1942–31 March 1943)
12th U-boat Flotilla
(1 April 1943–30 September 1944)
33rd U-boat Flotilla
(1 October–1 December 1944)
KrvKpt. Eitel-Friedrich Kentrat|
(11 September 1942–21 September 1944)
Oblt. Werner Striegler
(1 October–1 December 1944)
13 March–23 October 1943
16 March–10 August 1944
30 November–~12 December 1944
|Victories:||Three commercial ships sunk (17,739 GRT)|
German submarine U-196 was a Type IXD2 U-boat of the Nazi German Kriegsmarine during World War II. The submarine was laid down on 10 June 1941 at the AG Weser yard in Bremen, launched on 24 April 1942, and commissioned on 11 September 1942 under the command of Kapitänleutnant Eitel-Friedrich Kentrat. After training with the 4th U-boat Flotilla at Stettin, U-196 was transferred to the 12th flotilla for front-line service on 1 April 1943.
Under Kentrat's command she completed the longest patrol made by a submarine during World War II, leaving Kiel on 13 March 1943, and returning to Bordeaux on 23 October 1943, spending 225 days at sea. During that time she sailed all the way around the coast of South Africa and sank two British merchant ships in the Indian Ocean.
U-196 was transferred to the 33rd U-boat Flotilla on 1 October 1944. On 30 November, U-196 left Batavia (Java, in Indonesia), now commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Werner Striegler. After departure U-196 was reassigned to refuel a sister U-boat in the Indian Ocean, but the rendezvous never took place. Efforts to contact U-196 during early December 1944 failed to elicit a response.
When she failed to return to Jakarta and failed repeatedly to signal her position, she was listed as missing in the Sunda Straits south of Java, effective from 12 December 1944. Her wreck has never been found, the cause of U-196's sinking remain unknown. It has been suggested that she struck an Allied mine laid by the British submarine HMS Porpoise. However, Porpoise did not lay the mines until 9 December 1944.
Oberleutnant Dr. Ing. Heinz Haake of U-196 is buried in a graveyard at Bogor, Java with members of the World War I German East Asia Squadron at Arca Domas, on the slopes of Mount Pangrango, Java. His date of death is listed on a memorial as 30 November 1944, the day U-196 sailed on her last voyage.
|11 May 1943||Nailsea Meadow||United Kingdom||4,962||Sunk|
|3 August 1943||City of Oran||United Kingdom||7,323||Sunk|
|9 July 1944||Shahzada||United Kingdom||5,454||Sunk|
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