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Ordered10 Apr 1941
Laid down29 Dec 1941 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 623)
Launched16 Sep 1942
Commissioned5 Nov 1942Kptlt. Willi Hertin
5 Nov 1942 - 28 Jul 1943  Kptlt. Willi Hertin
1 patrol
5 Nov 1942-31 May 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Jun 1943-28 Jul 1943  7. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Missing since 28 July 1943 in the Norwegian Sea north of the Shetland Islands. There is no plausible explanation for its loss. 48 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

U-647 sent its last radio message on 28 July 1943 from approx. position 64.00N, 01.30W while en route to its operational area in the North Atlantic through the Iceland passage. The boat was posted as missing after failing to report its position on 9 August 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-647 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.


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

Related page:
U-boats Missing in Action.