German submarine U-471

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-471
Ordered: 20 January 1941
Builder: Deutsche Werke, Kiel
Yard number: 302
Laid down: 25 October 1941
Launched: 6 March 1943
Commissioned: 5 May 1943
Fate: Sunk 6 August 1944 in the Military port of Toulon dry dock, 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 a US air raid.
Career (France)
Name: Millé (Q339)
Acquired: 1945
Commissioned: 1946
Decommissioned: 9 July 1963
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 PS (2,800–3,200 bhp; 2,100–2,400 kW). Max rpm: 470-490
2 × BBC GG UB 720/8 electric motors, totalling 750 PS (740 shp; 550 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: 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[2]
Part of: 5th U-boat Flotilla
(5 May 1943 - 31 October 1943) - Training
1st U-boat Flotilla
(1 November 1943 - 30 April 1944)
29th U-boat Flotilla
(1 May 1944 - 6 August 1944)
Commanders: Kptlt. Friedrich Kloevekorn
(5 May 1943 - 6 August 1944)
Operations: 1st patrol:
27 November 1943 - 30 January 1944
2nd patrol:
16 March 1944 - 12 April 1944
3rd patrol:
18 May 1944 - 15 June 1944
Victories: None

German submarine U-471 was a Type VIIC U-boat built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine for service during World War II. She was laid down on 25 October 1941 by Deutsche Werke, Kiel as yard number 302, launched on 6 March 1943 and commissioned on 5 May 1943 under Oberleutnant zur See Friedrich Kloevekorn.

Service History[edit]

The boat's career began with training at 5th U-boat Flotilla on 5 May 1943, followed by active service on 1 November 1943 as part of the 1st Flotilla. On 1 May 1944, she transferred to 29th Flotilla for Mediterranean operations for the remainder of her service. In 3 patrols she sank no ships. In 1945, she was raised and returned to service with the French Navy as Millé from 1946. She was stricken on 9 July 1962 as Q339.

Wolfpacks[edit]

U-471 took part in in six wolfpacks, namely

  • Coronel 1 (14–17 December 1943)
  • Sylt (18–23 December 1943)
  • Rügen 3 (26–28 December 1943)
  • Rügen 4 (28 December 1943 - 2 January 1944)
  • Rügen 3 (2–7 January 1944)
  • Rügen (7–22 January 1944)

Fate[edit]

U-471 was sunk on 6 August 1944 in the Military port of Toulon dry-dock 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.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 72-74.
  2. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type VIIC boat U-471". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 18 July 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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