Soviet submarine K-1

design of the class
Name: K-1
Laid down: 27 December 1936
Launched: 29 April 1938
Commissioned: 16 December 1939
Fate: Lost due to unknown causes
General characteristics
  • 1490 tons surfaced
  • 2600 tons submerged
Length: 97.65 m
Beam: 7.4m
Draft: 4.51m
Propulsion: 2-shaft diesel electric, 8400-hp diesel, 2400-hp electric
  • surface - up to 22,5 knots
  • submerged - 10 knots
Range: 14,000 nm at 11 knots
Test depth: 230 ft (70 m)
Complement: 67 (10 officers)
  • 6 × bow torpedo tubes
  • 2 × stern torpedo tubes
  • 2 × external stern torpedo tubes(24 torpedoes)
  • 2 × 100 mm guns, 2 - 45mm guns, 20 mines
Service record
Part of: Northern Fleet

Soviet submarine K-1 was a K-class submarine of the Soviet Navy during World War II.

K-1 was the leading boat of the class. At first located in Baltic, it was relocated to Northern Fleet prior the war. Mihail Avgustinovich was the commander of the boat: he requested to be demoted just to lead the submarine into battle. Since March 1943 he was promoted and transferred to the staff of the Northern Fleet, escaping death because the submarine was lost in action a few months later.[1]


The submarine departed base on 5 September 1943 and was never heard or seen again, being lost due unknown causes.[2]

Ship service

Before the sinking, K-1 scored successes as a minelayer-submarine. On 11 August 1942, K-1 was damaged by a mine, but managed to make port on 14 August.

Ships sunk by K-1[2]
Date Ship Flag Tonnage Notes
8 November 1941 Flottbeck Nazi Germany 1,930 GRT Freighter (mine)
26 December 1941 Kong Ring Norway 1,994 GRT Freighter (mine)
8 April 1942 Kurzsee Nazi Germany 734 GRT Freighter (mine)
23 May 1942 Asuncion Nazi Germany 2,454 GRT Freighter (mine)
12 September 1942 Robert Bornhofen Nazi Germany 6,643 GRT Freighter (mine)
6 December 1942 V-6116/Ubier Nazi Germany 350 GRT Patrol vessel (mine)
6 December 1942 V-6117/Cherusker Nazi Germany 304 GRT Patrol vessel (mine)
Total:14,409 GRT


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