German submarine U-667

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-667
Ordered: 15 August 1940
Builder: Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft, Hamburg
Yard number: 816
Laid down: 16 August 1941
Launched: 29 August 1942
Commissioned: 21 October 1942
Fate: Sunk 25 August 1944 in the Bay of Biscay in position 46°00′N 01°30′W / 46.000°N 1.500°W / 46.000; -1.500, when she struck a mine.
General characteristics
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) at 10 kn (19 km/h) surfaced
80 nmi (150 km) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 44–52 officers & ratings
Armament:
Service record[1]
Part of: 5th U-boat Flotilla
(21 October 1942 - 31 May 1943) - Training
7th U-boat Flotilla
(1 June 1943 - 25 August 1944)
Commanders: Kptlt. Heinrich Schroeteler
(21 October 1942 - May 1944)
Kptlt. Karl-Heinz Lange
(10 July 1944 – 25 August 1944)
Operations: 1st patrol:
20 May 1943 - 26 July 1943
2nd patrol:
14 September 1943 - 16 September 1943
3rd patrol:
18 November 1943 – 6 January 1944
4th patrol:
8 March 1944 - 19 May 1944
5th patrol:
22 July 1944 - 25 August 1944
Victories: 4 merchant ships sunk (22,406 GRT)

German submarine U-667 was a Type VIIC U-boat built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine for service during World War II. She was laid down on 16 August 1941 by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft, Hamburg as yard number 816, launched on 29 August 1942 and commissioned on 21 October 1942 under Kapitänleutnant Heinrich Schroeteler.

Service History[edit]

The boat's career began with training at 5th U-boat Flotilla on 21 October 1942, followed by active service on 1 June 1943 as part of the 7th Flotilla for the remainder of her service.

In 5 patrols she sank 1 merchant ship, for a total of 7,176 gross register tons (GRT) and 3 warships.

Wolf Packs[edit]

U-667 took part in 5 wolf packs, namely

  • Coronel (4 Dec 1943 - 8 Dec 1943)
  • Coronel 2 (8 Dec 1943 - 14 Dec 1943)
  • Coronel 3 (14 Dec 1943 - 17 Dec 1943)
  • Borkum (18 Dec 1943 - 26 Dec 1943)
  • Preussen (13 Mar 1944 - 22 Mar 1944)

Fate[edit]

U-667 sunk on 25 August 1944 in the Bay of Biscay in position 46°00′N 01°30′W / 46.000°N 1.500°W / 46.000; -1.500, when she struck a mine. All hands were lost.

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate[2]
8 August 1944 Ezra Weston  United States 7,176 Sunk
8 August 1944 HMCS Regina  Royal Canadian Navy 925 Sunk
14 August 1944 USS LST-921  United States Navy 1,653 Total loss
14 August 1944 HMS LCI(L)-99  Royal Navy 246 Sunk

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ "The Type VIIC boat U-667 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "U-667 successes". UBoat.net. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
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. 
  • Sharpe, Peter (1998). U-Boat Fact File. Great Britain: Midland Publishing. ISBN 1-85780-072-9. 

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