List of all U-boats

U-642

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered20 Jan 1941
Laid down19 Nov 1941 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 618)
Launched6 Aug 1942
Commissioned1 Oct 1942Kptlt. Herbert Brünning
Commanders
1 Oct 1942 - 5 Jul 1944  Kptlt. Herbert Brünning
Career
4 patrols
1 Oct 1942-28 Feb 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1943-30 Nov 1943  6. Flottille (active service)
1 Dec 1943-5 Jul 1944  29. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 2,125 GRT
Fate

Sunk 5 July, 1944 in the Mediterranean near Toulon, France, in position 43.07N, 05.55E, by US bombs.

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-642 - View the 4 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-642 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Neuland (4 Mar 1943 - 6 Mar 1943)
   Ostmark (6 Mar 1943 - 11 Mar 1943)
   Stürmer (11 Mar 1943 - 20 Mar 1943)
   Seewolf (21 Mar 1943 - 30 Mar 1943)
   Oder (17 May 1943 - 19 May 1943)
   Mosel (19 May 1943 - 24 May 1943)
   Trutz (1 Jun 1943 - 16 Jun 1943)
   Trutz 1 (16 Jun 1943 - 29 Jun 1943)
   Geier 3 (30 Jun 1943 - 15 Jul 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

9 Jul 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:British Catalina FP155 (210 Sqdn RAF/F, pilot F/L D.M. Ryan)

At 13.40 hours, the boat was attacked by the Catalina about 250 miles west of Lisbon. AA fire hit the port side of the aircraft during the attack run, damaging the wing, the engine and a fuel tank and wounding the nose gunner. Due to the damage, only the three depth charges on the starboard side were dropped but did not damage U-642, which crash-dived after the attack and did not observe how the burning Catalina ditched shortly afterwards. Two crewmen were lost in the crash and another died the next day from a heart attack. 7 survivors were picked up after 4 days by HMS Swale and taken to Casablanca.

(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-642 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.


Crown

Media links


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

Wynn, Kenneth


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel