German submarine U-487

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-487
Ordered: 17 July 1941
Builder: Germaniawerft, Kiel
Yard number: yard number 556
Laid down: 31 December 1941
Launched: 17 October 1942
Commissioned: 21 December 1942
Fate: Sunk, 13 July 1943[1]
General characteristics [2]
Class & type: German Type XIV submarine
Displacement: 1,688 t (1,661 long tons) surfaced
1,932 t (1,901 long tons) submerged
Length: 67.1 m (220 ft 2 in) o/a
48.51 m (159 ft 2 in) pressure hull
Beam: 9.35 m (30 ft 8 in) o/a
4.9 m (16 ft 1 in) pressure hull
Height: 11.7 m (38 ft 5 in)
Draft: 6.51 m (21 ft 4 in)
Propulsion: 2 × Germaniawerft F46 supercharged 6-cylinder diesel engines, 3,200 hp (2,400 kW)
2 × SSW Gu343/388-8 double-acting electric motors 750 hp (560 kW)
Speed: 14.9 knots (27.6 km/h; 17.1 mph) surfaced
6.2 knots (11.5 km/h; 7.1 mph) submerged
Range: 12,350 nmi (22,870 km; 14,210 mi) at 10 kn (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
55 nautical miles (102 km; 63 mi) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 240 m (790 ft)
Complement: 53–60 men
Armament: 2 × 37 mm AA guns
2 × 20 mm AA guns
Service record[3][4]
Part of: 4th U-boat Flotilla
(21 December 1942–31 March 1943)
12th U-boat Flotilla
(1 April 1943–13 July 1943)
Commanders: Oblt.z.S.. Helmut Metz
(21 December 1942–13 July 1943)
Operations: 1st patrol: 27 March–12 May 1943
2nd patrol: 15 June–13 July 1943
Victories: None

German submarine U-487 was a Type XIV supply and replenishment U-boat ("Milchkuh") of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

Her keel was laid down 31 December 1941 by Germaniawerft in Kiel as yard number 556. She was launched on 17 October 1942 and commissioned on 21 December 1942 with Oberleutnant zur See Helmut Metz in command. Metz commanded the boat for its entire career.[3]

Her service began with training as part of the 4th U-boat Flotilla. She then joined the 12th flotilla for operations.

Operational career[edit]

U-487 conducted two patrols. As a supply boat, she avoided combat.[3]

1st patrol[edit]

The U-boat departed Kiel on 27 March 1943, heading for the mid-Atlantic. She arrived in Bordeaux, in occupied France on 12 May.

2nd patrol and loss[edit]

Her second patrol saw her leave Bordeaux on 15 June 1943. On 13 July, U-487 was attacked in the central Atlantic by five United States Navy TBF Avengers and F4F Wildcats from the escort carrier Core (CVE-13). The U-boat's crew were taken by surprise, so much so that sunbathers were seen on the casing.[5] One Wildcat was shot down, but 31 men were killed and the U-boat sunk. The 33 survivors were taken prisoner onboard USS Barker (DD-213).[3]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1997, Arms & Armour, ISBN 1-85409-515-3, pp. 130-131.
  2. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 118-9.
  3. ^ a b c d "The Type XIV boat U-487 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  4. ^ "War Patrols by German U-boat U-487 - Boats - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  5. ^ Kemp, pp. 130-131.
Bibliography
  • 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. 

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Coordinates: 27°15′N 34°18′W / 27.250°N 34.300°W / 27.250; -34.300