U-boat Types

Type VIIC/41

91 boats commissioned

Construction history of type VIIC/41

U-boats ShipyardWerk #Built during
U-292 - U-3009Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack57- 651941 - 1943
U-317 - U-32812Flender Werke AG, L├╝beck317- 3281941 - 1944
U-827 - U-8282F Schichau GmbH, Danzig1590- 15911942 - 1944
U-929 - U-9302Neptun Werft AG, Rostock516- 5171942 - 1944
U-995Blohm & Voss, Hamburg1951941 - 1943
U-997 - U-101014Blohm & Voss, Hamburg197- 2101941 - 1944
U-1013 - U-102513Blohm & Voss, Hamburg213- 2251942 - 1945
U-1063 - U-10653F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel700- 7021941 - 1944
U-1103 - U-11108Nordseewerke, Emden225- 2321941 - 1944
U-1163 - U-117210Danziger Werft AG, Danzig135- 1441941 - 1944
U-1271 - U-12799Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack66- 741942 - 1944
U-1301 - U-13088Flensburger Schiffsbau-Ges, Flensburg494- 5011942 - 1945

Type VIIC/41 was a slightly modified version of the successful VIIC and had basically the same engine layout and power. Armament was the same with 5 torpedo tubes (4 at the bow and one at the stern). The biggest difference was that these boats had a stronger pressure hull giving them more depth to evade attack under (operational 120m and crush depth at 250m against VIIC's 100/200). They also had lighter machinery to compensate for the added steel in the hull making them actually slightly lighter than the VIIC. All the type VIIC/41 boats from U-1271 onwards had the mine fittings deleted.

This design saw one further change in the much improved type VIIC/42 but none of those was ever completed, being phased out for the even more formidable XXI Elektro boat in late 1943.

Today one type VIIC/41 still exists in the form of U-995 which is now on display at Laboe (north of Kiel) in Germany. She is also the only surviving type VII in the world.

U-995 is seen here in a rather dry environment for a U-boat!

All type VIIC/41 U-boats

Below you can see the 91 commissioned U-boats of this type.

U-292, U-293, U-294, U-295, U-296, U-297, U-298, U-299, U-300, U-317, U-318,
U-319, U-320, U-321, U-322, U-323, U-324, U-325, U-326, U-327, U-328, U-827,
U-828, U-929, U-930, U-995, U-997, U-998, U-999, U-1000, U-1001, U-1002, U-1003,
U-1004, U-1005, U-1006, U-1007, U-1008, U-1009, U-1010, U-1013, U-1014, U-1015, U-1016,
U-1017, U-1018, U-1019, U-1020, U-1021, U-1022, U-1023, U-1024, U-1025, U-1063, U-1064,
U-1065, U-1103, U-1104, U-1105, U-1106, U-1107, U-1108, U-1109, U-1110, U-1163, U-1164,
U-1165, U-1166, U-1167, U-1168, U-1169, U-1170, U-1171, U-1172, U-1271, U-1272, U-1273,
U-1274, U-1275, U-1276, U-1277, U-1278, U-1279, U-1301, U-1302, U-1303, U-1304, U-1305,
U-1306, U-1307, and U-1308.

Technical information for type VIIC/41

769 (sf)
871 (sm)
1070 (total)
Length: (m) 67,10 oa
50,50 ph
Beam: (m) 6,20 oa
4,70 ph
Draught: (draft)4,74 m
Height:9,60 m
Power: (hp)3200 (sf)
750 (sm)
17,7 (sf)
7,6 (sm)
(miles / knots)
8500/10 (sf)
80/4 (sm)
4/1 (bow / stern tubes)
Mines: 26 TMA
Deck gun: 88/45
220 rounds
Crew: 44-52 men
Max depth: ca. 250 m
(820 feet)
sm = submerged, sf = surfaced, ph = pressure hull,
oa = overall, hp = horsepower.

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