German submarine U-969

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-969
Ordered: 5 June 1941
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Yard number: 169
Laid down: 29 May 1942
Launched: 11 February 1943
Commissioned: 24 March 1943
Fate: Sunk 6 August 1944 in Toulon in position 43°07′N 05°55′E / 43.117°N 5.917°E / 43.117; 5.917, in an air raid by US Liberator bombers.
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: 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[1]
Part of: 5th U-boat Flotilla
(24 March 1942 - 30 September 1942) - Training
7th U-boat Flotilla
(1 October 1942 - 29 February 1944)
29th U-boat Flotilla
(1 March 1944 - 6 August 1944)
Commanders: Ltnt Max Dobbert
(24 March 1943 - 6 August 1944)
Operations: 1st patrol:
5 October 1943 - 6 December 1943
2nd patrol:
18 January 1944 - 26 February 1944
3rd patrol:
20 March 1944 - 28 April 1944
Victories: 2 merchant ships sunk (14,352 GRT)

German submarine U-969 was a Type VIIC U-boat built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine for service during World War II. She was laid down on 29 May 1942 by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg as 'werk' 169, launched on 11 February 1943 and commissioned on 24 March 1943 under Ltnt Max Dobbert.

Service History[edit]

The boat's career began with training at 5th U-boat Flotilla on 24 March 1943, followed by active service on 1 October 1943 as part of the 1st Flotilla for the next five months. She transferred to 29th Flotilla, on 1 March 1944, based in La Spezia, for Mediterranean operations.

In 3 patrols she sank 2 merchant ships, for a total of 14,352 gross register tons (GRT).

Wolf Packs[edit]

U-969 took part in 7 wolf packs, namely

  • Siegfried (22 Oct 1943 – 27 Oct 1943)
  • Siegfried 1 (27 Oct 1943 – 30 Oct 1943)
  • Körner (30 Oct 1943 – 2 Nov 1943)
  • Tirpitz 2 (2 Nov 1943 – 8 Nov 1943)
  • Eisenhart 3 (9 Nov 1943 – 15 Nov 1943)
  • Schill 2 (17 Nov 1943 – 22 Nov 1943)
  • Weddigen (22 Nov 1943 – 4 Dec 1943)

Fate[edit]

U-969 was sunk on 6 August 1944 in the Military port of Toulon in position 43°07′N 05°55′E / 43.117°N 5.917°E / 43.117; 5.917 in an air raid by US Liberator bombers.

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate[2]
22 February 1944 George Cleeve  United States 7,176 Total loss
22 February 1944 Peter Skene Ogden  United States 7,176 Total loss

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ "The Type VIIC boat U-969 - German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "U-969 successes". UBoat.net. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Sharpe, Peter (1998). U-Boat Fact File. Great Britain: Midland Publishing. ISBN 1-85780-072-9. 

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