German submarine U-615

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Career
Name: U-615
Ordered: 15 August 1940
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Laid down: 20 May 1941
Launched: 8 February 1942
Commissioned: 26 March 1942
Fate: Sunk in the Caribbean Sea, 7 August 1943
General characteristics
Class & type: Type VIIC submarine
Displacement: 769 t (757 long tons)
871 t (857 long tons) submerged
1,070 t (1,053 long tons) total
Length: 67.1 m (220 ft 2 in) total
50.5 m (165 ft 8 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in) total
4.7 m (15 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Draft: 4.74 m (15 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: Diesel-electric
3,200 hp (2,386 kW) surfaced
750 hp (559 kW) submerged
Speed: 17.7 knots (32.8 km/h; 20.4 mph) surfaced
7.66 knots (14.19 km/h; 8.81 mph) submerged
Range: 13,700 nmi (25,400 km; 15,800 mi) at 10 kn (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
125 nmi (232 km; 144 mi) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 220 m (721 ft 9 in)
Complement: 44-52 men
Armament:
Service record
Commanders: Kptlt. Ralph Kapitzky

German submarine U-615 was a Type VIIC U-boat built for the German Kriegsmarine for service during World War II.[1]

Commissioned in 1942, and commanded by Kptlt. Ralph Kapitzky, she was depth charged and sunk in the Caribbean Sea, north of Porlamar, on 7 August 1943,[2] in position 12°38′N 64°15′W / 12.633°N 64.250°W / 12.633; -64.250, by US 6 Mariner and 1 Ventura aircraft. It was the largest aircraft hunt ever mounted for a single U-boat. Of her crew 4 (including her captain) were killed, and 43 survived.

Wolf packs[edit]

U-615 took part in 10 wolfpacks, namely.

  • Pfeil (12 Sep 1942 - 22 Sep 1942)
  • Blitz (22 Sep 1942 - 26 Sep 1942)
  • Tiger (26 Sep 1942 - 30 Sep 1942)
  • Wotan (5 Oct 1942 - 19 Oct 1942)
  • Draufgänger (1 Dec 1942 - 11 Dec 1942)
  • Ungestüm (11 Dec 1942 - 30 Dec 1942)
  • Burggraf (25 Feb 1943 - 5 Mar 1943)
  • Raubgraf (7 Mar 1943 - 20 Mar 1943)
  • Seewolf (24 Mar 1943 - 30 Mar 1943)
  • Adler (7 Apr 1943 - 13 Apr 1943)

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Ship Name Nationality Tonnage (GRT) Fate[3]
11 October 1942 El Lago  Panama 4,221 Sunk
23 October 1942 Empire Star  United Kingdom 12,656 Sunk
11 April 1943 Edward B. Dudley  United States 7,177 Sunk
28 July 1943 Rosalia  Netherlands 3,177 Sunk

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kelshell, Gaylord T. M. (2003), "Ralph Kapitsky – Battle in the Caribbean and the Death of U-615", in Savas, Theodore P., Contemporary Conflict Resolution, Naval Institute Press, pp. 43–73, ISBN 1591148170. 
  2. ^ Heden, Karl E. (2006), Sunken Ships World War II: US Naval Chronology, Including Submarine Losses of the United States, England, Germany, Japan, Italy, Branden Books, p. 76, ISBN 0828321183. 
  3. ^ "U-615 successes". UBoat.net. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  • 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. 
  • Edwards, Bernard (1996). Dönitz and the Wolf Packs - The U-boats at War. Cassell Military Classics. p. 139. ISBN 0-304-35203-9. 
  • 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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