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Encyclopedia > Unterseeboot 47
October 1939. U-47 returns to port after sinking HMS Royal Oak. The battlecruiser Scharnhorst is seen in the background.
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October 1939. U-47 returns to port after sinking HMS Royal Oak. The battlecruiser Scharnhorst is seen in the background.

Unterseeboot 47 (U-47) was a German type VII B U-Boat (submarine). She was laid down on February 25, 1937 at Krupp Germaniawerft in Kiel and went into service on December 17, 1938. Image File history File links Scharnhorst-8. ... Image File history File links Scharnhorst-8. ... HMS Royal Oak was a Revenge-class battleship of the Royal Navy, sunk early in World War II. She was laid down at Devonport, Devon on 15 January 1914 and launched on 17 November of that year. ... Scharnhorst was a 31,500 tonne Gneisenau class battlecruiser of the German Kriegsmarine, named the Prussian general and army reformer Gerhard von Scharnhorst and to commemorate the World War I armored cruiser SMS Scharnhorst. ... Type VII U-boats were the workhorses of the German World War II U-boot-waffe, and appeared in several sub-types. ... U-boat is also a nickname for some diesel locomotives built by GE; see List of GE locomotives October 1939. ... HMS Vanguard, a Vanguard class nuclear ballistic missile (SSBN) submarine HMCS Windsor, a Victoria class diesel-electric hunter-killer (SSK) submarine HMAS Rankin, a Collins class diesel-electric guided missile (SSG) submarine USS Virginia, a Virginia class nuclear attack (SSN) submarine A submarine is a specialized watercraft that can operate... February 25 is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Krupp family, a prominent 400-year-old German dynasty from Essen, have become famous for their steel production and for their manufacture of ammunition and armaments. ... Statistics State: Schleswig-Holstein District: Independent city Area: 113. ... December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ...


U-47 became famous when, on October 14, 1939, under the command of Günther Prien, she entered the base of the British home fleet at Scapa Flow, and sank HMS Royal Oak. October 14 is the 287th day of the year (288th in Leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Prien, Hitler and Ernst Schmidt Korvettenkapitän Günther Prien (January 16, 1908 - March 7, 1941) was one of the ten outstanding U-boat aces of the first part of the Second World War, and the first U-boat commander to win the Knights Cross. ... Scapa Flow is a body of water in the Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom. ... HMS Royal Oak was a Revenge-class battleship of the Royal Navy, sunk early in World War II. She was laid down at Devonport, Devon on 15 January 1914 and launched on 17 November of that year. ...


U-47 carried out ten combat patrols and spent a total of 238 days at sea. She sank 30 enemy merchant ships (164,953 tons) and damaged eight more. She did lose a sailor, Heinrich Mantyk, overboard on September 5th 1940.


U-47 had a displacement of 761 metric tons, 865 tons submerged. She was powered by two 1400 PS (1 MW) diesel engines and two 375 PS (280 kW) electric motors. Her speed was 17 knots (31 km/h) on the surface and 7.6 knots (14 km/h) submerged. Her underwater armament consisted of 4 torpedo tubes in the bow and 1 torpedo tube in the stern. The deck artillery consisted of an 88 mm gun and a 20 mm machine gun. The vessel's range was 6500 nautical miles (12,000 km). In fluid mechanics, displacement occurs when an object is immersed in a fluid, pushing it out of the way and taking its place. ... The horsepower (hp) is the name of several non-metric units of power. ... The diesel engine is a type of internal combustion engine; more specifically, it is a compression ignition engine, in which the fuel is ignited by being suddenly exposed to the high temperature and pressure of a compressed gas containing oxygen (usually atmospheric air), rather than a separate source of ignition... Electric motors of various sizes. ... A knot is a unit of speed, abbreviated kt or kn. ... A modern torpedo, historically called a self-propelled torpedo, is a self-propelled guided projectile that (after being launched above or below the water surface) operates underwater and is designed to detonate on contact or in proximity to a target. ... Lobster boat A boat is a watercraft, usually smaller than most ships. ... A gun is a mechanical device that fires projectiles at high velocity, using a propellant such as gun powder or compressed air. ... A machine gun is a fully-automatic firearm that is capable of firing bullets in rapid succession. ... A nautical mile is a unit of length. ...

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Kills

Warships

Confirmed kills by the U-47 included:

U-47 following its 6th patrol, July 1940
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U-47 following its 6th patrol, July 1940

Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Built by Cammel Laird & Company in 1927, the Arandora was renamed Arandora Star two years later to avoid confusion with ships associated with Royal Mail (Which typically bore names beginning and ending in A). A 15,501T luxury cruise ship operated by Blue Star Line, she was refitted during the... HMS Royal Oak was a Revenge-class battleship of the Royal Navy, sunk early in World War II. She was laid down at Devonport, Devon on 15 January 1914 and launched on 17 November of that year. ...

Convoy Ships

  • Balmoralwood - HX48
  • Conch - HX90
  • Elmbank - HX72
  • La Estancia - HX79
  • Shirak - HX79
  • Wandby - HX79
  • Whitford Point - HX79
  • Bilderdijk - HX79

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Fate

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She was once thought to have been sunk by the British destroyer HMS Wolverine west of Ireland, but it turned out that the ship destroyed there was actually the U-A. To date, there is no record of what happened to the U-47 or her 45 crewmen, though a variety of possibilities exist, including mines, a mechanical failure, a victim of her own torpedoes or possibly a later attack that didn't confirm any kills - by the corvette team of HMS Camellia and HMS Arbutus. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... USS Lassen, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer In naval terminology, a destroyer is a fast and maneuverable yet long-endurance warship intended to escort larger vessels in a fleet or battle group and defend them against smaller, short-range attackers (originally torpedo boats, later submarines and aircraft). ... HMS Wolverine (D78) was a Royal Navy destroyer built by J.S. White & Co. ... French steam corvette Dupleix (1856-1887) Canadian corvettes on antisubmarine convoy escort duty during World War II. A corvette is a small, maneuverable, lightly armed warship, smaller than a frigate. ... HMS Camellia (K31) was a Flower-class corvette of the British Royal Navy that served in the Second World War. ...


Oddly, in September 2002, one of the torpedoes that the U-47 had fired off-course at the Royal Oak was brought to the surface from its resting place at the bottom of the sea. The unexploded torpedo, minus a warhead, gradually drifted towards the shore, where it was spotted by a crewman aboard the Norwegian tanker Petrotrym. A Royal Navy tugboat intercepted the torpedo, and after identifying it as belonging to the U-47 sixty-three years earlier, detonated it a mile from shore. The Royal Navy of the United Kingdom is the senior service of the British armed services, being the oldest of its three branches. ... This article is about the boat. ...


Crew

The Crew of the U-47
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The Crew of the U-47

The crewlist of those presumed dead, aboard the U-47 during her fated North Atlantic patrol in the spring of 1941 File links The following pages link to this file: Unterseeboot 47 ... File links The following pages link to this file: Unterseeboot 47 ... For the movie, see 1941 (film) 1941 (MCMXLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Commander:

Officers: Prien, Hitler and Ernst Schmidt Korvettenkapitän Günther Prien (January 16, 1908 - March 7, 1941) was one of the ten outstanding U-boat aces of the first part of the Second World War, and the first U-boat commander to win the Knights Cross. ...

  • 1st Watch Officer: Erich Sander, Oberleutnant
  • 2nd Watch Officer: Martin Stephan, Leutnant
  • Lead Engineer: Hans Bothmann, Oberleutnant
  • Helmsman: Hans Sammann, Obersteuermann
  • Guest: Karl-Eglof Freiherr von Schnurbein, Korvettenkapitän

Crew:

  • Heinrich Biermann, Obergefreiter
  • Karl Bilstein, Gefreiter
  • Gustav Böhm, Stabsmaschinist
  • Karl Brand, Matrose
  • Friedrich Engelmann, Matrose
  • Dietmar Frings, Fähnrich
  • Heinz Göseke, Gefreiter
  • Karl-Heinz Gundlach, Matrose
  • Willy Hass, Obergefreiter
  • Heinrich Heinz, Matrose
  • Heinrich Hentrop, Matrose
  • Gerhard Heyer, Obergefreiter
  • Franz Hirtl, Obergefreiter
  • M. Hönemann, Obermaschinist
  • Gerhard Hötzer, Obergefreiter
  • Willi Jahnkow, Gefreiter
  • Heinz Kläbisch, Gefreiter
  • Ewald Küsel, Gefreiter
  • Paul Leidig, Obergefreiter
  • Andreas Lösch, Obergefreiter
  • Hans Löhr, Obergefreiter
  • Gottfried Notsch, Obergefreiter
  • Iwan Oldekop, Fähnrich z. See
  • Helmut Pauss, Obergefreiter
  • Josef Reimann, Matrose
  • Emil Renken, Obergefreiter
  • August Ronshausen, Oberbootsmannmaat
  • H. Rutschmann, Matrose
  • K. Schnarchendorf, Matrose
  • Hans Scholz, Gefreiter
  • Heinz Schweitzer, Obergefreiter
  • Karl Steinhagen, Matrose
  • Peter Thewes, Matrose
  • Max Thomsen, Obergrefreiter
  • Freidrich Weiser, Obergefreiter
  • Gustav Werder, Obermaschinist
  • Bruno Wiensczyk, Obergefreiter
  • Fritz Zapf, Gefeiter
  • Albert Zöller, Obergrefreiter

External link

  • u47.org

 
 

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