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"KUJ41" type submarine chasers (1943-1945)

KUJ1 1941

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
KUJ1 UJ1219 287 Unterweser, Bremerhaven   22/2/1943 7/1943 sunk 20/10/1944
KUJ2 UJ1430 288 Unterweser, Bremerhaven   7/7/1943 11/1943 surrendered 5/1945, GMSA despatch vessel Ente 1945, to United Kingdom 1947
KUJ3 UJ1431 289 Unterweser, Bremerhaven   14/10/1943 2/1944 surrendered 5/1945, GMSA despatch vessel Aldebaran 1945, to Soviet Union 2/1946
KUJ4 UJ1432 290 Unterweser, Bremerhaven   29/12/1943 5/1944 surrendered 5/1945, GMSA despatch vessel Pollux 1945, to Soviet Union 4/1946
KUJ5 UJ1708 291 Unterweser, Bremerhaven   22/4/1944 8/1944 surrendered 5/1945, GMSA despatch vessel Sirius 1945 (1946 - Schwertfisch), sold 1948
KUJ6 UJ1704 305 Unterweser, Bremerhaven   1944 ---// 11/1945 completed as GMSA despatch vessel Orion, to Soviet Union 3/1946
KUJ7 UJ1113 520 Werft Nobiskrug, Rendsburg   10/12/1942 10/1943 sunk 21/12/1944
KUJ8 UJ1220 521 Werft Nobiskrug, Rendsburg   25/3/1943 10/1943 sunk 12/10/1944
KUJ9 UJ1433 522 Werft Nobiskrug, Rendsburg   12/8/1943 1/1944 sunk 28/8/1944
KUJ10 UJ1224 523 Werft Nobiskrug, Rendsburg   13/11/1943 4/1944 sunk 15/9/1944
KUJ11 UJ1116 524 Werft Nobiskrug, Rendsburg   15/3/1944 7/1944 sunk 21/12/1944
KUJ12 UJ1225 525 Werft Nobiskrug, Rendsburg   29/6/1944 12/1944 surrendered 5/1945, GMSA despatch vessel KUj12 1945, sold 1952
KUJ13 UJ1210 440 Jos. L. Meyer, Papenburg   1942 4/1943 sunk 9/10/1943
KUJ14 UJ1713 441 Jos. L. Meyer, Papenburg   1943 8/1943 sunk 13/11/1944
KUJ15 UJ1221 442 Jos. L. Meyer, Papenburg   1943 1/1944 sunk 12/11/1944
KUJ16 UJ1702 443 Jos. L. Meyer, Papenburg   1944 7/1944 sunk 21/12/1944
KUJ17   444 Jos. L. Meyer, Papenburg   1944 --- incomplete, to Soviet Union 7/1946
KUJ18   445 Jos. L. Meyer, Papenburg   22/12/1949 --- // 1950 completed mercantile 1950
KUJ21 UJ1209 297 Deutsche Werft, Hamburg   12/8/1942 3/1943 sunk 20/6/1944
KUJ22 UJ1409 298 Deutsche Werft, Hamburg   1943 5/1943 damaged 23/5/1944, repair incomplete
KUJ23 UJ1222 299 Deutsche Werft, Hamburg   1943 3/1944 surrendered 5/1945, GMSA despatch vessel KUj23 1945, sold 1952
KUJ24   300 Deutsche Werft, Hamburg   1949 --- // 1950 damaged on the stocks 1944, completed mercantile 1950
KUJ25 UJ1223 301 Deutsche Werft, Hamburg   1944 8/1944 sunk 12/11/1944

 

Displacement standard, t

830

Displacement full, t

970

Length, m

53.7 wl 58.7 oa

Breadth, m

8.44

Draught, m

3.50 normal, 4.40 deep load

No of shafts

1

Machinery

VTE with exhaust steam turbine, 1 boiler

Power, h. p.

960

Max speed, kts

12.8

Fuel, t

coal 193

Endurance, nm(kts) 4700(12.5)

Armament

1 x 1 - 88/42 SK C/30, 1 x 1 - 37/80 SK C/30, 1 x 4 - 20/65 C/38, 3 x 1 - 20/65 C/38, 6 DCT (120)

Complement

61

Ship project history: Unique German purpose built submarine chasers. The project of "War chaser" (Kriegs-U-Jager) was been developed on the basis of a fish trawler with adaptation under naval requirements. For improvement of seaworthiness the forecastle was lengthened, bridge was shifted fwd. Ships were equipped by single-shaft VTE, working on coal, sonar and had big DC stowage.

Totally 25 ships were ordered but only 21 were completed.

Modernizations: 1945, most survived: - 3 x 1 - 20/65; + 1 x 4 - 20/65 C/38, 3 x 2 - 20/65 C/38

Naval service: In days of war 12 units are lost. KUJ1 (UJ1219) was torpedoed 20/10/1944 by Soviet submarine V-4 at Nordkyn. KUJ7 (UJ1113) and KUJ11 (UJ1116) were lost 21/12/1944 on mines off beacon Feuerstein. KUJ8 (UJ1220) was sunk 12/10/1944 by torpedo from Soviet submarine V-2 at Berlevog. KUJ9 (UJ1433) was sunk 28/8/1944 by British MTB at Cape Antifer. KUJ10 (UJ1224) was sunk 15/9/1944 by Soviet aircraft in the Kongs Fjord. KUJ14 (UJ1713), KUJ15 (UJ1221) and KUJ25 (UJ1223) were sunk 13/11/1944 by British cruisers Kent, Bellona and destroyers Myngs, Verulam, Zambesi, Algonquin at Aegersunn. KUJ13 (UJ1210) was sunk 9/10/1943 by British aircraft at Gotenhafen. KUJ21 (UJ1209) was sunk 20/6/1944 by torpedo from Soviet submarine S-104 in Tana Fjord. KUJ22 (UJ1409) was lost 21/12/1944 on a mine at La Pallis.

KUJ3, KUJ4, KUJ6, KUJ16 and KUJ17 on reparations were transferred to the USSR. Remaining ships after war were used in various qualities to 1960th.

KUJ12

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14