German submarine U-153 (1941)
|Ordered:||25 September 1939|
|Builder:||AG Weser, Bremen|
|Laid down:||12 September 1940|
|Launched:||5 April 1941|
|Commissioned:||19 July 1941|
|Fate:||Sunk on 13 July 1942|
|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 (110 rounds)
4th U-boat Flotilla
(19 July–31 May)
2nd U-boat Flotilla (1 June–13 July 1942)
|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.
She was sunk by an American destroyer in July 1942.
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.
|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|
- Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1997, Arms & Armour, ISBN 1-85409-515-3, p. 84
- 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 .
- Campbell, John Naval Weapons of World War Two ISBN 0-87021-459-4 pp.248&249