|Ordered||24 Oct 1939|
|Laid down||30 Mar 1940||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 540)|
|Launched||7 Feb 1941|
|Commissioned||3 Apr 1941||Oblt. Reinhard Suhren (Oak Leaves with Swords)|
|Successes||18 ships sunk, total tonnage 95,544 GRT|
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 900 tons
4 ships damaged, total tonnage 28,907 GRT
Sunk at 1730hrs on 14 June 1943 in the North Atlantic north-west of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 44.17N, 10.25W, by depth charges from a British Whitley aircraft (10 OTU RAF/G). 28 dead and 18 survivors.
U-564 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Brandenburg (16 Sep 1941 - 19 Sep 1941)
Breslau (2 Oct 1941 - 29 Oct 1941)
Natter (2 Nov 1942 - 8 Nov 1942)
Westwall (8 Nov 1942 - 16 Dec 1942)
Seeteufel (21 Mar 1943 - 30 Mar 1943)
Löwenherz (1 Apr 1943 - 10 Apr 1943)
Attacks on this boat and other events
24 Oct 1941
After mounting successful attacks on convoy HG 75 on the morning of this day, U-564 was attacked twice in the evening: an unidentified aircraft dropped one bomb, then three hours later the boat was depth charged by an escort. No damage.
13 Jun 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down: British Sunderland flying boat (228 Sqn RAF/U, pilot F/O L.B. Lee)
18.59 hrs, Bay of Biscay NW of Finisterre, outbound: a group of five boats (U-185, U-358, U-564, U-634 and U-653) were attacked by the Sunderland. After bombing U-564, the aircraft crashed in flames after being hit by intense flak. All 11 aircrew died.
14 Jun 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down: British Whitley Mk.V BD220 (10 OTU RAF/G, pilot Sgt A.J. Benson)
The sinking of U-564: 14.39 hrs, Bay of Biscay: two inbound U-boats were sighted by the Whitley. U-564 was unable to dive following an air attack the day before and was being escorted back to France by U-185. With fuel running low, the pilot decided to attack at 16.45 hrs and approached U-564. Both boats opened fire and hit the bomber, but its depth charges caused more damage to U-564 and she sank at 17.30 hours. The hydraulics and the starboard engine of the Whitley were damaged, so the crew was forced to ditch, and ended up as German prisoners after being picked up by a French trawler.
The commander and 17 crewmen were picked up by U-185, which transferred them to the German destroyer Z-24 two hours later and then continued her patrol. Canadian Hampden bomber X2961 (415 Sqn RCAF/S, pilot S/L J.G. Stronach) arrived in the area around the time of the air attack and was shot down by a German Ju88C fighter (15./KG 40, Hptm Hans Morr) with the loss of all four aircrew. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman/Goss)
3 recorded attacks on this boat.
Annoucements related to this boatOver 400 pictures of U-564 found in England (15 Mar 2001)
Men lost from the boat
28 Mar 1943
A man was lost in the North Atlantic. [Fähnrich zur See Heinrich Feuerhake]
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
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