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German submarine U-847
Career
Name: U-847
Ordered: 20 January 1941
Builder: AG Weser, Bremen
Yard number: 1053
Laid down: 23 November 1941
Launched: 5 September 1942
Commissioned: 23 January 1943
Fate: Sunk on 27 August 1943 at position 28°19′N 37°58′W / 28.317°N 37.967°W / 28.317; -37.967 by air-launched homing torpedoes fired from US aircraft operating off escort carrier USS Card.
General characteristics
Type: Type IXD2 submarine
Displacement: 1,610 t (1,580 long tons) surfaced
1,804 t (1,776 long tons) submerged
Length: 87.6 m (287 ft 5 in) o/a
68.5 m (224 ft 9 in) pressure hull
Beam: 7.5 m (24 ft 7 in) o/a
4.4 m (14 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Height: 10.2 m (33 ft 6 in)
Draft: 5.4 m (17 ft 9 in)
Propulsion: 2 × MAN M9V40/46 supercharged 9-cylinder diesel engines, 4,400 hp (3,281 kW)
2 × SSW GU345/34 double-acting electric motors, 1,000 hp (746 kW)
Speed: 19.2 knots (35.6 km/h) surfaced
6.9 knots (12.8 km/h) submerged
Range: 23,700 nautical miles (43,900 km) at 10 knots (19 km/h) surfaced
57 nautical miles (106 km) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Complement: 55 to 63
Armament: 6 × torpedo tubes (4 bow, 2 stern)
24 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedoes
1 × Utof 105 mm/45 deck gun (150 rounds)
AA guns
Service record[1][2]
Part of: 4th U-boat Flotilla
(23 January 1943 – 30 June 1943)
12th U-boat Flotilla
(1 July 1943 – 27 August 1943)
Commanders: Kptlt. Friedrich Guggenberger
(23 January 1943 – 1 February 1943)
KrvKpt. Wilhelm Rollmann
(26 January 1943 – 26 January 1943)
Kptlt. Jost Metzler
(1 February 1943 – 30 June 1943)
Kptlt. Herbert Kuppisch
(1 July 1943 – 27 August 1943)
Operations: 1st patrol:
29 July 1943 – 27 August 1943
Victories: None

German submarine U-847 was a long-range Type IXD2 U-boat built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II. Laid down in Bremen and launched on 5 September 1942. She was equipped with two stern torpedo tubes and 24 mines.

She was commanded for her short career by four Knight’s Cross recipients, each a U-boat ace in their own right, although she neither sank nor damaged any vessels. They were:-

She joined 4th Flotilla for training on 23 January 1943, where she remained until 30 June 1943. She then joined 12th Flotilla for active service until 27 August 1943 when she was sunk while providing logistical support for other u-boats operating in the area.

Fate[edit | edit source]

U-847 was sunk by air-launched FIDO torpedoes dropped from US Avenger and Wildcat aircraft operating from the escort carrier USS Card on 27 August 1943 in the Atlantic Ocean at position 28°19′N 37°58′W / 28.317°N 37.967°W / 28.317; -37.967. All 63 hands were lost.

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Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • Sharpe, Peter (1998). U-Boat Fact File. Great Britain: Midland Publishing. ISBN 1-85780-072-9. 

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