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; 5.917Coordinates: 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 [1]
Class and 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; 9,800 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
80 nmi (150 km; 92 mi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 44–52 officers & ratings
Armament:
Service record[2]
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: Leutnant zur See 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 yard number 169, launched on 11 February 1943 and commissioned on 24 March 1943 under Leutnant zur See 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).

Wolfpacks[edit]

U-969 took part in seven wolfpacks, namely

  • Siegfried (22–27 October 1943)
  • Siegfried 1 (27–30 October 1943)
  • Körner (30 October – 2 November 1943)
  • Tirpitz 2 (2–8 November 1943)
  • Eisenhart 3 (9–15 November 1943)
  • Schill 2 (17–22 November 1943)
  • Weddigen (22 November – 4 December 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[3]
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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 72-74.
  2. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type VIIC boat U-969". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by U-969". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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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