List of all U-boats

U-513

Type

IXC

 
Ordered14 Feb 1940
Laid down26 Apr 1941 Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 309)
Launched29 Oct 1941
Commissioned10 Jan 1942Korvkpt. Rolf Rüggeberg
Commanders
10 Jan 1942 - 14 May 1943   Rolf Rüggeberg
15 May 1943 - 19 Jul 1943  Kptlt. Friedrich Guggenberger (Knights Cross)
Career
4 patrols
10 Jan 1942-31 Aug 1942  4. Flottille (training)
1 Sep 1942-19 Jul 1943  10. Flottille (active service)
Successes6 ships sunk, total tonnage 29,940 GRT
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 13,177 GRT
Fate

Sunk 19 July 1943 in the South Atlantic south-east of Sao Francisco do Sul, in position 27.17S, 47.32W, by depth charges from a US Mariner aircraft (VP-74/P-5). 46 dead and 7 survivors.

Loss position

See the 8 ships hit by U-513 - View the 4 war patrols

This boat is a dive site

July 2011. The wreck of the U-513, sunk off Sao Francisco do Sul, Brazil on 19 July 1943 has been located. The boat was located by the Schurmann family. They have a nice website, u-513.com, dealing with the discovery. The boat apparently lies in 75 meters of water.

Depth: 230 feet (70 meters)
Position (lat, long): -27.17, -47.32

See more U-boat dive sites.

Wolfpack operations

U-513 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Unverzagt (12 Mar 1943 - 19 Mar 1943)
   Seeräuber (25 Mar 1943 - 30 Mar 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

3 Apr 1943
Two bombs dropped by a British Hudson bomber (RAF Sqdn 233/U) in an encounter north of the Canary Islands caused minor damage. (Sources: Rohwer)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

General notes on this boat

July 2011
The wreck of the U-513, sunk off Sao Francisco do Sul, Brazil on 19 July 1943 has been located. The boat was located by the Schurmann family. They have a nice website, u-513.com, dealing with the discovery. The boat apparently lies in 75 meters of water. You can also see our map of the South Atlantic for its position.

Men lost from the boat

3 Apr 1943
Two bombs dropped by a British Hudson bomber (RAF Sqdn 233/U) in an encounter north of the Canary Islands caused minor damage.

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

U-boat Emblems

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


Viking Ship on Shield

Media links


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay


The Enemy On Our Doorstep

Neary, Steve