German submarine U-706

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-706
Operator: Kriegsmarine
Ordered: 9 October 1939
Builder: H. C. Stülcken Sohn, Hamburg
Yard number: 766
Laid down: 22 November 1940
Launched: 24 November 1941
Commissioned: 16 March 1942
Fate: Sunk on 3 August 1943
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)
Speed: 17.7 knots (32.8 km/h; 20.4 mph) surfaced
7.6 knots (14.1 km/h; 8.7 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 44–52 officers & ratings
Armament:
Service record
Victories: 3 ships sunk for a total of 18,650 GRT

U-706, a type VIIC U-boat, was laid down in 22 November 1940. She was launched on 24 November 1941 and commissioned on 16 March 1942.

Service History[edit]

During her brief career at sea, she was commanded by Korvettenkapitän Alexander von Zitzewitz. During her career she was attached to the 5th Flotilla from 16 March to 30 September 1942. 1 October 1942 she was transferred to the 6th Flotilla. She made four patrols during the war.

Fate[edit]

While on patrol she destroyed 3 ships sunk, total tonnage 18,650 GRT. On 3 August 1943, while in Bay of Biscay, she was disabled by depth charges from a Canadian Hampden aircraft, then finished off by a US Liberator aircraft form A/S Sqdn. 4. She sank at position 46°15′N 10°25′W / 46.250°N 10.417°W / 46.250; -10.417Coordinates: 46°15′N 10°25′W / 46.250°N 10.417°W / 46.250; -10.417.

Wolfpacks[edit]

U-706 took part in ten wolfpacks, namely.

  • Luchs (1–6 October 1942)
  • Panther (6–20 October 1942)
  • Südwärts (24–26 October 1942)
  • Falke (28 December 1942 - 4 January 1943)
  • Jaguar (18–31 January 1943)
  • Seeteufel (23–30 March 1943)
  • Löwenherz (1–10 April 1943)
  • Lerche (10–16 April 1943)
  • Meise (16–22 April 1943)
  • Specht (22 April - 4 May 1943)

Summary of raiding career[edit]

Date Ship Name Nationality Tonnage (GRT) Fate[2]
12 October 1942 Stornest  United Kingdom 4,265 Sunk
5 April 1943 British Ardour  United Kingdom 7,124 Sunk
12 April 1943 Fresno City  United Kingdom 7,261 Sunk

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 72-74.
  2. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "U-706". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 9 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. 

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