german German Navy (Kriegsmarine) 1935-1945 U-486 (+1945)
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nationality german
purpose war
type submarine
subtype/class VII C class submarine (ger.)
VII C class submarine (ger.) U-260 [+1945]
propulsion diesel and batteries
date built 1944
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weight (tons) 864.7  disp (subm)
dimensions 67.1 x 6.18 x 4.74 m
material steel
engine 2 × supercharged (Germaniawerft or MAN), 6-cylinder, 4-stroke M6V 40/46 diesels (3200 hp), 2 electric motors (750 hp), 2 x 62 batteries
armament 14 torpedoes, 5 x T.T. 53.3 cm, 4 (fwd), 1 (aft), 1 x 8.8 cm L/45 deck gun, 1 x 2 cm or 2 x 2 cm or 1 x 3.7 A.A.
power 3200  h.p.
speed 17.6  knots
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cause lost torpedo
date lost 12/04/1945  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.48rank: 595
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Deutsche Werke A. G., Kiel
German Navy (Kriegsmarine) 1935-1945
captain Meyer Gerhard
complement 48
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entered 20/09/2007
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last update 03/05/2013
Allen Tony20/09/2007
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Allen Tony20/09/2007U-486 was a German submarine Type VIIC, She was sunk on the 12th April 1945 in the North Sea north-west of Bergen, Norway by torpedoes from the British submarine HMS Tapir. 48 dead (all hands lost). The vessel was was responsible for the sinking on Christmas Eve, 1944 of SS Leopoldville in the English Channel just 5 miles from the port of Cherbourg, France. The troopship was transporting 2235 American soldiers from regiments of the 66th Infantry Division.

The ship finally sank 2 1/2 hours later. Everything that could went wrong; calls for help were mishandled, rescue craft were slow to the scene and the weather was unfavorable. 763 American soldiers died that night, making this the worst loss an American Infantry Division suffered from a U-boat attack during the war.
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German Navy (Kriegsmarine) 1935-1945

Kriegsmarine is the name of the Navy of Germany during WWII, not to be confused with Imperial German Navy, which is the German Navy during WWI and before.
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