(ex Italian submarine Comandante Cappellini)
|Laid down||1938||Odero-Terni-Orlando, Italy|
|Commissioned *||10 Sept, 1943||Oblt. Heinrich Pahls|
|Commanders||12.43 - 05.45||Oblt. Heinrich Pahls|
12.43 - 09.44 12th Flotilla (Bordeaux) front boat
10.44 - 05.45 33rd Flotilla (Flensburg) front boat
Launched as the Italian submarine Comandante Capellini on 13 March, 1939. Taken over by the Germans, following the Italian capitulation, at Sabang in the Far East on 10 Sept, 1943.
Taken over by Japan at Kobe and recommissioned as I-503 or I-505 on 10 May, 1945. Surrendered at Kobe, Japan. Sunk by the US Navy on 16 April 1946 in the Kii Suido between the Japanese islands of Honshu and Shikolu.
* Commissioned into German service.
These boats were roughly 1060tons on the surface, in many ways they were similar in measurements to the German type IXB, they had 8 torpedo tubes and carried 14 torpedoes and had a complement of roughly 57 in Italian service.