List of all U-boats

U-665

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered15 Aug 1940
Laid down10 Jun 1941 Howaldtswerke Hamburg AG, Hamburg (werk 814)
Launched9 Jun 1942
Commissioned22 Jul 1942Ltnt. Hans-Jürgen Haupt
Commanders
22 Jul 1942 - 22 Mar 1943  Oblt. Hans-Jürgen Haupt
Career
1 patrol
22 Jul 1942-31 Jan 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Feb 1943-22 Mar 1943  1. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 7,134 GRT
Fate

Missing since 22 March 1943 in the Bay of Biscay west of La Pallice. There is no explanation for its loss. 46 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, August 2003).

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-665 - View the 1 war patrol

U-665 sent its last radio message on 21 March 1943 announcing its arrival at the rendezvous point off La Pallice in 36 hours. The boat was posted as missing when it failed to meet its escort on 23 March or to report its position.

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk 22 March, 1943 in the Bay of Biscay west of Nantes, France, in position 46.47N, 09.58W, by depth charges from British Wellington aircraft (Sqdn. 172/G). (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack was directed against U-448 inflicting no damage.
  • Sunk on 22 March 1943 in the North Atlantic west of Ireland, in position 48.04N, 10.26W, by depth charges from a British Whitley aircraft (Sqdn. 10 OTU/Q).

Wolfpack operations

U-665 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)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-665 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.


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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