List of all U-boats

U-247

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down16 Dec 1942 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 681)
Launched23 Sep 1943
Commissioned23 Oct 1943Oblt. Gerhard Matschulat
Commanders
23 Oct 1943 - 1 Sep 1944  Oblt. Gerhard Matschulat
Career
2 patrols
23 Oct 1943-31 May 1944  5. Flottille (training)
1 Jun 1944-1 Sep 1944  1. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 207 GRT
Fate

Sunk 1 Sept 1944 in the Channel near Lands End, in position 49.54N, 05.49W, by depth charges from the Canadian frigates HMCS Saint John and HMCS Swansea. 52 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-247 - View the 2 war patrols

General notes on this boat

5 Jul 1944. U-247 sank the British fishing boat Noreen Mary with gunfire (!) approx. 20 miles west of Cape Wrath, Scotland. This was a remarkable event for this stage of the war, when U-boats were continually harried by blanket allied air cover.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in April 1944. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-247 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


U-boat on red Shield

Media links


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


HMCS Swansea

McKee, Fraser M.