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U-556 (Type VIIC)
General Details
Nationality German
Type Submarine
Builder Blohm & Voss, Hamburg. Germany
Laid down 2 January 1940
Commissioned 6 February 1941
Commander Kptlt. Herbert Wohlfahrt February 1941 - June 1941
Career 2 patrols 6 February 1941 - 1 April 1941, 1. Flottille (training)
1 April 1941 - 27 June 1941, 1. Flottille (front boat)
Successes 6 ships sunk for a total of 29.552 tons
1 ship damaged for a total of 4.986 tons
Fate Sunk 27 June 1941 in the North Atlantic south-west of Iceland, in position 60.24N, 20.00W, by depth charges from the British corvettes HMS Nasturtium, HMS Celandine and HMS Gladiolus. 5 dead and 41 survivors.
Displacement
Surfaced 769 tons
Submerged 871 tons
Total 1070 tons
Length
Overall 67,10m
Pressure hull 50,50m
Beam
Overall 6,20m
Pressure hull 4,70m
Draught
Draught 4,74m
Height
Height 9,60m
Power
Surfaced 3200hp
Submerged 750hp
Speed
Surfaced 17,7 knots
Submerged 7,6 knots
Range
Surfaced 8500 miles at 10 knots
Submerged 80 miles at 4 knots
Torpedoes
Number of torpedoes 14
Number of bow tubes 4
Number of stern tubes 1
Mines
Mines 26 TMA
Deck Gun
Deck gun 88/45 220 rounds
Crew
Crew 44-52 men
Maximum Depth
Maximum depth ca. 220m (722 feet)