By Jak P. Mallmann Showell, Angus Konstam
The seventh U-Boat Flotilla - 'Wegener' - used to be shaped in Kiel in June 1938 with six boats, just one of which survived operationally to the top of the battle. Early warfare motion from Kiel replaced thoroughly after the autumn of France whilst the flotilla moved to St Nazaire, the place it will stay until eventually the Allied advances led its ultimate boats to maneuver to Norway.
Some 114 boats observed provider with the flotilla and such a lot of them served within the North Atlantic the place their operations nearly introduced Britain to its knees. the tale of the flotilla starts off with the tale of the convoy predators; during the grim realities of the convoy process whose escorts benefited from extremely decrypting of the Kriegsmarine's codes; the bloodbath of the U-boats trying to halt the invasion of Europe; to the ultimate coda as 14 boats escaped from St. Nazaire to Norway.
Ian Westwell spent 5 years within the Royal military ahead of changing into Curator of guns on the Royal Armouries. After a spell as a marine archaeologist he grew to become leader Curator on the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West. He moved again to England to jot down complete time in 2001.
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Extra info for 7th U-Boat Flotilla: Doenitz's Atlantic Wolves
48 the quota set by Donitz in December 1941. C. Stulcken & Sohn, Hamburg Commissioned: 18 November 1941 Operational in flotilla: 1 July 1942 Commander: Kptlt Horst-Wilhelm Kessler Operational patrols: 5 Allied vessels sunk: 1 Fate: Transferred to 21st (Training) Flotilla on 1 April 1943; scuttled on 3 May 1945 U-607 (Type VIIC) Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg Commissioned: 29 January 1942 Operational in flotilla: 1 August 1942 Commander: Kptlt Ernst Mangersen Operational patrols: 5 Allied vessels sunk: 4 Fate: Sunk on 13 July 1943 (7 survivors) U-442 (Type VIIO Builder: F.
At the end of June 1941 the veteran U-48 was retired from active service, being deemed structurally unsound after nearly two years of constant patrolling. With 52 ships displacing a total of more than 300,000 tons to her credit, she was the most successful U-boat of the war. Similarly, U-46, and U-52 were withdrawn from active service during the summer, and all three boats were sent back to Kiel, and then on to Pillau, where they joined 26. Ausbildungsflottille (26th Training Flotilla). Six boats were lost during the latter part of 1941, in addition to the three prewar boats which were retired from the operational fleet.
Poor weather played a part, as did the increased use of radar by the escorts, allowing them to drive off U-boats with greater efficiency. Long-range allied aircraft also became an increasingly serious threat to U-boats in transit, a problem demonstrated when V-75i (Kvkpt Gerhard Bigalk) was sunk in the Bay of Biscay by depth charges dropped by Lancaster bombers, diverted from the bombing of Germany to help in the Atlantic campaign. These aircraft carried radar sets, making them Below: Allied shipping losses during the climactic extremely effective.
7th U-Boat Flotilla: Doenitz's Atlantic Wolves by Jak P. Mallmann Showell, Angus Konstam