List of all U-boats

U-270

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered20 Jan 1941
Laid down15 Oct 1941 Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 35)
Launched11 Jul 1942
Commissioned5 Sep 1942Oblt. Paul-Friedrich Otto
Commanders
5 Sep 1942 - 15 Jul 1944  Kptlt. Paul-Friedrich Otto (German Cross in Gold)
16 Jul 1944 - 13 Aug 1944  Oblt. Heinrich Schreiber
Career
6 patrols
5 Sep 1942-31 Mar 1943  8. Flottille (training)
1 Apr 1943-13 Aug 1944  6. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 warship a total loss, total tonnage 1,370 tons
Fate

Sunk at 0010hrs on 13 Aug 1944 in the Bay of Biscay west of La Rochelle, in position 46.19N, 02.56W, by depth charges from an Australian Sunderland aircraft (RAAF Sqdn. 461/A). 71 survivors (no casualties).

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-270 - View the 6 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-270 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Löwenherz (4 Apr 1943 - 10 Apr 1943)
   Lerche (10 Apr 1943 - 16 Apr 1943)
   Specht (21 Apr 1943 - 4 May 1943)
   Fink (4 May 1943 - 5 May 1943)
   Leuthen (15 Sep 1943 - 23 Sep 1943)
   Borkum (18 Dec 1943 - 3 Jan 1944)
   Borkum 1 (3 Jan 1944 - 6 Jan 1944)

Attacks on this boat and other events

22 Sep 1943
The pressure hull was cracked by depth charges in an attack by convoy escorts in mid Atlantic, forcing the boat to return to base. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 423)

6 Jan 1944
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down: British B-17 Flying Fortress FA705 (RAF Sqdn 206/U, pilot F/L A. J. Pinhorn)

19.11 hrs, NNE of the Azores: the Fortress made two strafing runs without dropping bombs. After dropping four depth charges ahead of the boat during a third run, the starboard inner engine was hit by flak and the aircraft crashed into the sea, killing all eight aircrew. U-270 ran into the detonations, damaging all bow torpedo tubes, the sonar and batteries, and was forced to return to base.

(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

13 Jun 1944
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:British B-17 Fortress (Sqdn 53/C)

Bay of Biscay, due south of Brest. U-270 was not damaged in this attack, but was already returning to base after being seriously damaged by a British Wellington (Sqdn 172/Y). The damage was so severe that the boat was paid off on July 1 1944. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 584)

3 recorded attacks on this boat.

General notes on this boat

U-270 was paid off on 1 July 1944 due to extensive damage from aircraft attack (see Attacks). She was however re-commissioned in early August and sent on patrol, her last.

Men lost from the boat

4 Apr 1943
Three men were injured during severe weather.

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Dog on a green Circle

6th Flotilla

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


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


They Shall Not Pass Unseen

Southall, Ivan