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German submarine U-D4
Career
Name: U-D4
Builder: Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij, Rotterdam
Laid down: 20 April 1939
Launched: 23 Novovember 1940
Commissioned: 28 January 1941
Decommissioned: 19 March 1945
Fate: Scuttled 3 May 1945
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: O 21-class submarine
Displacement: 990 tons surfaced
1205 tons submerged
Length: 77.7 m (254 ft 11 in)
Beam: 6.8 m (22 ft 4 in)
Draught: 3.95 m (13 ft 0 in)
Propulsion: 2 × 2,500 bhp (1,864 kW) diesel engines
2 × 500 bhp (373 kW) electric motors
Speed: 19.5 kn (36.1 km/h; 22.4 mph) surfaced
9 kn (17 km/h; 10 mph) submerged
Range: 10,000 nmi (19,000 km; 12,000 mi) at 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph) surfaced
28 nmi (52 km; 32 mi) at 8.5 kn (15.7 km/h; 9.8 mph) submerged
Complement: 39
Armament: 4 × 21 in (533 mm) bow torpedo tubes
2 × 21 in stern torpedo tubes
2 × 21 in (1×2) external-traversing TT amidships

U-D4 was a O 21-class submarine. The boat was laid down as the Dutch submarine K XXVI and renamed O 26 but was captured during German invasion of the Netherlands in World War II and commissioned in the Kriegsmarine.

Ship history

The submarine was ordered on 24 June 1938 and laid down on 20 April 1939 as K XXVI at the Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij, Rotterdam. During construction she was renamed O 26. Following the German invasion of 10 May 1940, the not yet launched O 26 was captured at the yard by the invading forces.[2]

The Germans decided to complete her. The launch took place on 23 November 1940. She served in the Kriegsmarine as the U-D4 and was commissioned on 28 January 1941.[2]

From January to April 1941 U-D4 served as school boat in Kiel when attached to the 1st Flotilla. In May she was transferred to the 3rd Flotilla also in Kiel were she was used as a trial boat. She remained there until July that year. August 1941 the boat is transferred to the 5th Flotilla also in Kiel were she was used as a school boat until December 1942. In January 1943 U-D4 was transferred to Gotenhafen were she served as a school boat for 24th Flotilla and 27th Flotilla the until January 1945. From January to March 1945 she was based in Hela and transferred to the 18th Flotilla were she served as a school boat.[2]

19 March 1945 U-D4 was decommissioned and on 3 May 1945 the boat was scuttled in Kiel.[2]

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