German submarine U-567

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-567
Ordered: 24 October 1939
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Yard number: 543
Laid down: 27 April 1940
Launched: 6 March 1941
Commissioned: 24 April 1941
Fate: Sunk, 21 December 1941[1]
General characteristics [2]
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
Height: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
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 × 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 and ratings
Armament:
Service record[3]
Part of: 3rd U-boat Flotilla
(24 April – 1 August 1941) - Training
3rd U-boat Flotilla
(1 August – 31 October 1941)
7th U-boat Flotilla
(1 November – 21 December 1941)
Commanders:
Operations: 1st patrol:
5 August – 12 September 1941
2nd patrol:
25 October – 26 November 1941
3rd patrol:
18–21 December 1941
Victories: two merchant ships sunk (6,809 GRT)

German submarine U-567 (U-567) was a type VII C submarine in Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during the Second World War.

Her keel was laid down on 27 April 1940 at the Blohm & Voss yard in Hamburg as yard number 534. She was launched on 6 March 1941 and was commissioned on 24 April under Kapitänleutnant Theodor Fahr. She entered service with the 3rd U-boat Flotilla for training. She began operations with that flotilla on 1 August 1941 and joined the 7th flotilla on 1 November.

Operational career[edit]

1st patrol[edit]

She left Trondheim in Norway on 5 August 1941 and entered the Atlantic via the gap between Iceland and the Faroe Islands, sinking the 3,485 ton British merchant ship Fort Richepanse west of Ireland on 3 September. She docked at St. Nazaire in occupied France on 12 September.

2nd patrol[edit]

The boat switched captains to Kapitänleutnant Engelbert Endrass, (who had been IWO [first watch officer] on Günther Prien's U-47 when she sank the battleship HMS Royal Oak in 1939),[1] on 15 October. The boat left St. Nazaire on 25 October 1941 and returned on 26 November.

It was unsuccessful.

3rd patrol and loss[edit]

She attacked convoy HG 76 in the North Atlantic, north-east of the Azores, which was made up of 32 cargo ships and escorted by five destroyers, seven corvettes and one aircraft carrier, sinking the 3,324 ton Norwegian merchant ship Annavore on 21 December 1941 but was sunk herself later that day at 44°02′N 20°10′W / 44.033°N 20.167°W / 44.033; -20.167 by depth charges dropped by HMS Deptford and Samphire - there were no survivors from her crew of 47.

Wolfpacks[edit]

U-567 took part in five wolfpacks, namely.

  • Grönland (10–23 August 1941)
  • Kurfürst (23 August – 2 September 1941)
  • Seewolf (2–9 September 1941)
  • Stosstrupp (30 October – 4 November 1941)
  • Störtebecker (15–24 November 1941)

Summary of raiding career[edit]

Date Ship Name Nationality Tonnage Fate[4]
3 September 1941 Fort Richepanse  United Kingdom 3,485 Sunk
21 December 1941 Annavore  Norway 3,324 Sunk

Sources[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b Kemp 1997, p. 77.
  2. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 72-74.
  3. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type VIIC boat U-567". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by U-567". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 2 February 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. 
  • Kemp, Paul (1997). U-Boats Destroyed - German Submarine Losses in the World Wars. Arms & Armour. ISBN 1-85409-515-3. 

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