German submarine U-447

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-447
Ordered: 6 August 1940
Builder: F Schichau GmbH, Danzig
Yard number: 1507
Laid down: 1 July 1941
Launched: 30 April 1942
Commissioned: 11 July 1942
Fate: Sunk 7 May 1943 in the North Atlantic in position 35°30′N 11°55′W / 35.500°N 11.917°W / 35.500; -11.917, by depth charges from RAF Hudson.
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Type VIIC submarine
Displacement: 769 tonnes (757 long tons) surfaced
871 t (857 long tons) submerged
Length: 67.1 m (220 ft 2 in) o/a
50.5 m (165 ft 8 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in) o/a
4.7 m (15 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Draft: 4.74 m (15 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 2 × supercharged Germaniawerft 6-cylinder 4-stroke F46 diesel engines, totalling 2,800–3,200 bhp (2,100–2,400 kW). Max rpm: 470-490
2 × BBC GG UB 720/8 electric motors, totalling 750 shp (560 kW) and max rpm: 296
Speed: 17.7 knots (32.8 km/h; 20.4 mph) surfaced
7.6 knots (14.1 km/h; 8.7 mph) submerged
Range: 8,500 nmi (15,700 km; 9,800 mi) at 10 kn (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
80 nmi (150 km; 92 mi) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 44–52 officers & ratings
Armament: 5 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedo tubes (4 bow, 1 stern)
14 × torpedoes or 26 TMA mines
1 × 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun (220 rounds)
Various AA guns
Service record[2]
Part of: 8th U-boat Flotilla
(11 July 1942 - 28 February 1943) - Training
9th U-boat Flotilla
(1 March 1943 - 7 May 1943)
Commanders: Kptlt. Friedrich-Wilhelm Bothe
(11 July 1942 - 7 May 1943)
Operations: 1st patrol:
20 February 1943 - 24 March 1943
2nd patrol:
27 April 1943 - 7 May 1943
Victories: None

German submarine U-447 was a Type VIIC U-boat built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine for service during World War II. She was laid down on 1 July 1941 by F Schichau GmbH, Danzig as yard number 1507, launched on 30 April 1942 and commissioned on 11 July 1942 under Oberleutnant zur See Friedrich-Wilhelm Bothe.

Service History[edit]

The boat's career began with training at 8th U-boat Flotilla on 11 July 1942, followed by active service on 1 March 1943 as part of the 9th Flotilla for the remainder of her service.

In 2 patrols she sank no ships.

Wolf packs[edit]

U-447 took part in 3 wolf packs, namely

  • Neuland (4–6 March 1943)
  • Ostmark (6–11 March 1943)
  • Drossel (29 April - 7 May 1943)

Fate[edit]

U-447 was sunk on 7 May 1943 in the North Atlantic in position 35°30′N 11°55′W / 35.500°N 11.917°W / 35.500; -11.917, by depth charges from 2 RAF Hudson bombers from 233 Squadron. All hands were lost.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 72-74.
  2. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type VIIC boat U-447". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Busch, Rainer; Röll, Hans-Joachim (1999). Deutsche U-Boot-Verluste von September 1939 bis Mai 1945. Der U-Boot-Krieg (in German) IV (Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn: Mittler). ISBN 3-8132-0514-2. 
  • Gröner, Erich (1985). U-Boote, Hilfskreuzer, Minenschiffe, Netzleger, Sperrbrecher. Die deutschen Kriegsschiffe 1815–1945 (in German) III (Koblenz: Bernard & Graefe). ISBN 3-7637-4802-4. 
  • Sharpe, Peter (1998). U-Boat Fact File. Great Britain: Midland Publishing. ISBN 1-85780-072-9. 

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