List of all U-boats

U-643

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered20 Jan 1941
Laid down1 Dec 1941 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 619)
Launched20 Aug 1942
Commissioned8 Oct 1942Oblt. Hans-Harald Speidel
Commanders
8 Oct 1942 - 8 Oct 1943  Kptlt. Hans Harald Speidel
Career
1 patrol
8 Oct 1942-30 Jun 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Jul 1943-8 Oct 1943  1. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Sunk 8 Oct 1943 in the North Atlantic, in position 56.14N, 26.55W, by depth charges from 2 British Liberator aircraft (Sqdn. 86/Z & 120/T). 30 dead and 18 survivors.

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

Wolfpack operations

U-643 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Rossbach (24 Sep 1943 - 8 Oct 1943)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-643 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

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


The Olympic Rings - Crew 36

U-boat Commander

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