|German submarine U-67 (1940)|
|Career (Nazi Germany)|
|Ordered:||7 August 1939|
|Builder:||AG Weser, Bremen|
|Laid down:||5 April 1940|
|Launched:||30 October 1940|
|Commissioned:||22 January 1941|
|Fate:||Sunk 16 July 1943 in the Sargasso Sea|
|Type:||Type IXC submarine|
1,120 t (1,100 long tons) surfaced|
1,232 t (1,213 long tons) submerged
76.8 m (252 ft 0 in) overall|
58.7 m (192 ft 7 in) pressure hull
6.8 m (22 ft 4 in) overall|
4.4 m (14 ft 5 in) pressure hull
|Height:||9.4 m (30 ft 10 in)|
|Draft:||4.7 m (15 ft 5 in)|
2 × MAN M9V40/46 supercharged 9-cylinder diesel engines, 4,000 hp (2,983 kW)|
2 × SSW GU345/34 double-acting electric motors, 1,000 hp (746 kW)
18.2 knots (33.7 km/h) surfaced|
7.3 knots (13.5 km/h) submerged
24,880 nmi (46,080 km) at 10 knots (19 km/h) surfaced|
117 nmi (217 km) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h) submerged
|Test depth:||230 m (750 ft)|
|Complement:||48 to 56|
6 × torpedo tubes (four bow, two stern)|
22 × 55 cm (22 in) torpedoes
1 × 10.5 cm SK C/32 naval gun (110 rounds)
2nd U-boat Flotilla
Kptlt. Heinrich Bleichrodt|
Oblt. Günther Pfeffer
Krvkpt. Günther Müller-Stockheim
14 September–16 October 1941
26 November–26 December 1941
19 January–30 March 1942
20 May–8 August 1942
16 September–21 December 1942
3 March–13 April 1943
10 May–16 July 1943
13 ships sunk for a total of 72,138 gross register tons (GRT)|
five ships damaged for a total of 29,726 GRT
German submarine U-67 was a Type IXC U-boat of the Nazi German Kriegsmarine that operated during World War II. She was laid down in the AG Weser yard in Bremen as 'werk' 986 on 5 April 1940. She was launched on 30 October and was commissioned on 22 January 1941 under Korvettenkapitän Heinrich Bleichrodt.
Her service life began with training with the 2nd U-boat Flotilla on her commissioning date; the boat was declared operational with the same flotilla on 1 September 1941.
The boat carried out seven patrols in which she sank 13 ships and damaged another five. She was a member of three wolf packs. She was sunk on 16 July 1943 by an Avenger bomber from the US aircraft carrier USS Core. 48 men died, there were three survivors.
Her operational service commenced with a trip from Bergen in Norway to Lorient in France. The submarine was to spend the rest of her career being based in the French port.
1st, 2nd and 3rd patrols
She sank the St. Clair II west northwest of the Canary Islands on 24 September 1941 on her first foray.
Her third effort, which began with the U-boat's departure from Lorient on 19 January 1942, took her to the Caribbean, where she sank the Penelope, about 150 mi (240 km) west of Dominica on 14 March.
4th, 5th and 6th patrols and loss
Her fourth patrol, as part of Operation Drumbeat, saw the submarine enter the Gulf of Mexico. There she sank eight ships, most of them just off the mouth of the Mississippi River. Her fifth sortie turned out to be her longest - 97 days. Moving to the area off the north coast of South America, she sank a further six ships, but her success was marred by an explosion while handling torpedoes. One man was killed.
Patrol number six included being part of the Seerauber wolfpack (pirate) which was unfortunate as the boat was badly damaged during an attack on the convoy RS 3. Three U-boats (from a total of eight) were hit in the battle which took place south of the Canary Islands.
The submarine began her seventh and final patrol on 10 May 1943; she was sunk in mid-ocean on 16 July.
Summary of raiding history
|24 September 1941||St Clair||United Kingdom||3,753||Sunk|
|16 February 1942||Rafaela||Netherlands||3,177||Damaged|
|21 February 1942||Kongsgaard||Norway||9,647||Sunk|
|14 March 1942||Penelope||Panama||8,436||Sunk|
|16 June 1942||Managua||Netherlands||2,220||Sunk|
|20 June 1942||Nortind||Norway||9,647||Damaged|
|23 June 1942||Raleigh Warner||USA||3,664||Sunk|
|29 June 1942||Empire Mica||United Kingdom||8,032||Sunk|
|6 July 1942||Bayard||Norway||2,160||Sunk|
|7 July 1942||Paul H. Harwood||USA||6,610||Damaged|
|10 July 1942||Benjamin Brewster||USA||5,950||Sunk|
|13 July 1942||R.W. Gallagher||USA||7,989||Sunk|
|25 October 1942||Primero||Norway||4,414||Sunk|
|8 November 1942||Capo Olmo||United Kingdom||4,712||Damaged|
|9 November 1942||Nidarland||Norway||6,132||Sunk|
|15 November 1942||King Arthur||United Kingdom||5,224||Sunk|
|18 November 1942||Tortugas||Norway||4,697||Sunk|
|28 November 1942||Empire Glade||United Kingdom||7,006||Damaged|
- "U-67 Type IXC". ubootwaffe.net. http://ubootwaffe.net/ops/boat.cgi?boat=67. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
- Helgason, Guðmundur. "U-67". German U-boats of World War II. Uboat.net. http://www.uboat.net/boats/u67.htm. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
- Campbell, John Naval Weapons of World War Two ISBN 0-87021-459-4 pp.248&249
- Gannon, Michael - Operation Drumbeat - the dramatic true story of Germany's first U-boat attacks along the American coast in World War II, 1990, Harper and Row publishers, ISBN 0-060161155-8, p. 435.
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