German submarine U-142 (1940)
|Ordered:||25 September 1939|
|Builder:||Deutsche Werke, Kiel|
|Laid down:||12 December 1939|
|Launched:||27 July 1940|
|Commissioned:||4 September 1940|
|Fate:||Scuttled on 2 May 1945 at Wilhelmshaven|
|Class & type:||Type IID Diesel-electric submarine|
|Displacement:||314 Tons (Surfaced)
364 Tons (Submerged)
|Length:||144 ft. 3 in. (43.97 meters)|
|Beam:||16 ft. 2 in. (4.92 meters)|
|Draught:||12 ft. 11 in (3.93 meters)|
2 × MWM RS127S 6-cylinder diesel engines, 700 hp (522 kW)2 × SSW PGVV322/26 double-acting electric motors, 402 hp (300 kW)
|Speed:||12.7 knots (Surfaced)
7.4 knots (Submerged)
|Range:||5,650 miles at 8 knots (Surfaced)
56 miles at 4 knots (Submerged)
|Test depth:||492 ft. (150 meters)|
|Armament:||3 × torpedo tubes (bow), five torpedoes
1 × 20mm anti-aircraft gun
German submarine U-142 was a Type IID U-boat of the Nazi German Kriegsmarine during World War II. Her keel was laid down on 12 December 1939 by Deutsche Werke in Kiel as 'werk' 271. She was launched on 27 July 1940 and commissioned on 4 September 1940 with Leutnant Asmus Nicolai Clausen in command.
U-142 began her service life with the 1st U-boat Flotilla. She was then assigned to the 24th flotilla and subsequently to the 22nd flotilla where she conducted three patrols, but did not sink or damage any ships. She spent the rest of the war as a training vessel.
She was scuttled in May 1945.
The boat's first patrol commenced with her departure from Gotenhafen, (now Gdynia in modern-day Poland) on 21 June 1941. She arrived in Oxhöft, (a suburb of Gdynia), without incident on 18 August.
Her second foray was also abortive, departing Oxhöft on 28 August 1941 and arriving in Stormelö (in southwest Finland) on 31 August.
Her third sortie was equally barren, beginning in Stormelo on 28 August 1941 and ending in Gotenhafen on the 31st.
U-142 was scuttled in the Raederschleuse (lock) in Wilhelmshaven on 2 May 1945. The wreck was broken up on an unknown date.
- "The Type IID boat U-142 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
- "War Patrols by German U-boat U-142 - Boats - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 14 July 2012.