German submarine U-667

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-667
Ordered: 15 August 1940
Builder: 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; -1.500Coordinates: 46°00′N 01°30′W / 46.000°N 1.500°W / 46.000; -1.500, when she struck a mine.
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
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 × 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:
Service record[2]
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 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 five patrols she sank one merchant ship, for a total of 7,176 gross register tons (GRT) and 3 warships.

Wolfpacks[edit]

U-667 took part in five wolfpacks, namely

  • Coronel (4–8 December 1943)
  • Coronel 2 (8–14 December 1943)
  • Coronel 3 (14–17 December 1943)
  • Borkum (18–26 December 1943)
  • Preussen (13–22 March 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[3]
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 72-74.
  2. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type VIIC boat U-667". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by U-667". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 9 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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