List of all U-boats

U-650

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered10 Apr 1941
Laid down9 Jan 1942 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 626)
Launched1 Oct 1942
Commissioned26 Nov 1942Oblt. Ernst von Witzendorff
Commanders
26 Nov 1942 - 13 Jul 1943   Ernst von Witzendorff
14 Jul 1943 - 26 Nov 1943  Kptlt. Otto Tinschert
27 Nov 1943 - 30 Jun 1944   Ernst von Witzendorff
30 Jun 1944 - 20 Jul 1944  Oblt. Ernst-August Gerke (in deputize) -- acting
20 Jul 1944 - 7 Jan 1945   Rudolf Zorn
Career
7 patrols
26 Nov 1942-30 Apr 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 May 1943-30 Sep 1944  7. Flottille (active service)
1 Oct 1944-7 Jan 1945  11. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Sunk by a Hedgehog from an unidentified Allied vessel in Jan 1945 in position 49.51.061N, 05.29.971W. 47 dead (all hands lost). (Dr. Axel Niestlé, 2010).

Loss position

View the 7 war patrols

In 1976 a U-boat wreck was discovered by the Risdon Beazley salvage company in position 49.51N, 05.29W. This was then confirmed in 1997 by a scuba diver. On 17 July 2008 Odyssey surveyed the wreck at depth of 97m.

Previously recorded fate

  • Missing since 9 Dec, 1944 in the North Atlantic or the Arctic Ocean, position unknown. There is no explanation for its loss.

Wolfpack operations

U-650 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Star (27 Apr 1943 - 4 May 1943)
   Fink (4 May 1943 - 6 May 1943)
   Elbe (7 May 1943 - 10 May 1943)
   Elbe 1 (10 May 1943 - 14 May 1943)
   Mosel (19 May 1943 - 24 May 1943)
   Rügen (14 Jan 1944 - 26 Jan 1944)
   Hinein (26 Jan 1944 - 3 Feb 1944)
   Igel 2 (3 Feb 1944 - 17 Feb 1944)
   Hai 2 (17 Feb 1944 - 22 Feb 1944)

Attacks on this boat and other events

23 Jun 1943
A single 600 pound bomb dropped by a British B-24 Liberator bomber (Sqdn 86, pilot John Wright) caused severe damage, but U-650 managed to reach base at St Nazaire in France five days later. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 340)

5 Jan 1944
While outbound from St. Nazaire the boat suffered damage from aircraft attack, but made repairs at sea and continued the patrol. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 486)

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus and sailed equipped with it in August 1944 but it was of course installed prior to that date. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from the boat

4 Dec 1944
Seeman Edgar Schmidt suffered an accident while in port and was unable to leave on the boat's last patrol (he served on the U-901 after recovery). Date is approximate.

  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.


Clover and 13

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.