German submarine U-547

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Career
Name: U-547
Ordered: 5 June 1941
Builder: Deutsche Werft, Hamburg
Laid down: 30 August 1942
Launched: 3 April 1943
Commissioned: 16 June 1943
Fate: Mine damage in France, August 1944; possibly scuttled at Stettin, December 1944[1]
General characteristics [2]
Type: Type IXC/40 submarine
Displacement: 1,144 t (1,126 long tons) surfaced
1,257 t (1,237 long tons) submerged
Length: 76.76 m (251 ft 10 in) o/a
58.75 m (192 ft 9 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.86 m (22 ft 6 in) o/a 4.44 m (14 ft 7 in) pressure hull
Height: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
Draft: 4.67 m (15 ft 4 in)
Propulsion: 2 × MAN M 9 V 40/46 supercharged 9-cylinder diesel engines, 4,400 hp (3,281 kW)
2 × SSW GU 345/34 double-acting electric motors, 1,000 hp (746 kW)
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph) surfaced
7.3 knots (13.5 km/h; 8.4 mph) submerged
Range: 138,500 nmi (256,500 km; 159,400 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h) surfaced
63 nautical miles (117 km; 72 mi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Complement: 4 officers, 44 enlisted
Armament:
Service record
Part of: 4th U-boat Flotilla
(16 June–31 December 1943)
2nd U-boat Flotilla
(1 January–30 September 1944)
33rd U-boat Flotilla
(1 October–31 December 1944)
Commanders: Frgkpt. Kurt Sturm
(16 June 1943–18 April 1944)
Oblt.z.S. Heinrich Niemeyer
(18 April–31 December 1944)
Operations: 1st patrol:
25 December 1943–23 February 1944
2nd patrol:
30 April–11 August 1944
3rd patrol:
23 August–29 September 1944
Victories: Two ships sunk, total 8,371 GRT;
one auxilary warship of 750 GRT sunk

German submarine U-547 was a Type IXC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

She was laid down at the Deutsche Werft (yard) in Hamburg as 'werk' 368 on 30 August 1942, launched on 3 April 1943 and commissioned on 16 June with Fregattenkapitän Kurt Sturm in command.

U-547 began her service career with training as part of the 4th U-boat Flotilla from 16 June 1943. She was re-assigned to the 2nd flotilla for operations on 1 January 1944, then the 33rd flotilla on 1 October.

She carried out three patrols and sank three ships; two of them totalled 8,371 gross register tons (GRT). She also sank an auxiliary warship of 750 GRT. She was a member of four wolfpacks.

She was damaged by a mine in France in August 1944 and possibly scuttled at Stettin (now Szczecin, Poland), December 1944.[3]

Operational career[edit]

1st patrol[edit]

U-547's first patrol began with her departure from Kiel on 25 December 1943. She passed through the gap separating Iceland and the Faroe Islands before heading out into the Atlantic Ocean.

She entered Lorient, on the French Atlantic coast, on 23 February 1944.

2nd patrol[edit]

For her second foray, the boat headed for the west African coast. There, she sank the French ship Saint Basile off Liberia on 14 June 1944.

On 2 July, she sank the Dutch Bodegraven 200 nautical miles (370 km; 230 mi) south of Monrovia. The survivors were questioned, the master was taken prisoner.

She returned to France on 11 August 1944, but this time to Bordeaux.

3rd patrol and fate[edit]

U-547 was damaged by a mine on 13 August 1944 in the Gironde (where the mouths of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers merge), near Pauillac in western France; she then retraced part of the route of her first patrol, arriving at Marviken in Kristiansand on 29 September and moving on to Flensburg on 4 October. She was taken out of service and possibly scuttled in Stettin (now Szczecin, Poland), on 31 December 1944.

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate[4]
14 June 1944 HMS Birdlip  Royal Navy 750 Sunk
14 June 1944 Saint Basile  Free France 2,778 Sunk
2 July 1944 Bodegraven  Netherlands 5,593 Sunk

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1997, Arms & Armour, ISBN 1-85409-515-3, p. 210
  2. ^ Gröner, p. 105-7.
  3. ^ Kemp p. 210
  4. ^ Ships hit by U-547 - U-boat Successes - German U-boats - uboat.net
Bibliography
  • Gröner, Erich (1985). "U-Boote, Hilfskreuzer, Minenschiffe, Netzleger, Sperrbrecher". Die deutschen Kriegsschiffe 1815-1945 III (Koblenz: Bernard&Graefe). ISBN 3-7637-4802-4. 

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