List of all U-boats

U-711

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered7 Dec 1940
Laid down31 Jul 1941 H C Stülcken Sohn, Hamburg (werk 777)
Launched25 Jun 1942
Commissioned26 Sep 1942Oblt. Hans-Günther Lange (Oak Leaves)
Commanders
26 Sep 1942 - 4 May 1945  Kptlt. Hans-Günther Lange (Knights Cross)
Career
12 patrols
26 Sep 1942-31 Mar 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Apr 1943-31 May 1943  11. Flottille (active service)
1 Jun 1943-4 May 1945  13. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 10 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 925 tons
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 20 GRT
Fate

Sunk 4 May 1945 in the Arctic at Kilbotn, near Harstad, Norway, in position 68.43,717N, 16.34,600E, by aerial bombs from Avenger aircraft (escorted by Wildcat fighters) of the British escort carriers HMS Searcher, HMS Trumpeter and HMS Queen. 40 dead and 12 survivors. (uboat.net, March 2002).

Loss position

See the 3 ships hit by U-711 - View the 12 war patrols

U-711 was damaged while alongside the depot ship Black Watch, probably by two near misses - or hits on the Black Watch.

A skeleton crew of 12 men - probably those on watch aboard the U-boat cut her loose and sailed off, but the boat sank a couple of hundred meters away from the depot ship. 40 members from the U-711 were on board the Black Watch and they were killed when the she blew up (the ship received 7 direct hits and four near misses by bombs dropped from British flown Avenger and Wildcat aircraft of the no. 846, 853 and 882 squadrons operating from the 3 escort carriers mentioned above).

All twelve men aboard U-711 managed to escape, this is important, as this means that she is not a war grave. She lies at 45 meters depth, and can be dived by experienced amature divers using Trimix gas or decompression stops.

According to a recent report, she is in excellent condition, war damage to rear of tower and deck before the tower, but otherwise good shape, deck planks still intact, even ropes still knotted around the bollards - indicating that mooring ropes to the Black Watch was cut, not untied. The 88 mm gun had been removed, probably in summer of 1944, possibly when she was fitted with the schnorkel, twin 2mm AA gun is still mounted to the rear of the tower.

The U-711 was the last U-boat sinking by the Royal Fleet Air Arm.

For the following sequence of photographs that show U-711 being attacked shortly before sinking would like to thank Commander Henning Sulen (Head of Education dep. Royal Norwegian Navy Academy)


U-711 alongside Black Watch.


The ship close to the wing is former Norwegian coastal battleship HNoMS Harald Haarfagre in German service as Anti-Aircraft ship Thetis.

This boat is a dive site

This is a very well documented dive-site. It was probably been dived since roughly 1979-80 and also 2-3 years ago. The u-boat is standing on the seabed at approximately 50 meters depth, the deepest part being the stern.

The boat is looking good, except for the rear part of the tower which is damaged from the sinking. The U-711 is located in Kilbotn, near Harstad (North Norway) in position N 68 deg. 43,717`, E 016 deg. 34,600`.

Depth: 150 feet (46 meters)
Position (lat, long): 68.43, 16.34

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Wolfpack operations

U-711 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Wiking (1 Aug 1943 - 20 Sep 1943)
   Blitz (24 Mar 1944 - 5 Apr 1944)
   Keil (11 Apr 1944 - 14 Apr 1944)
   Donner & Keil (24 Apr 1944 - 3 May 1944)
   Grimm (31 May 1944 - 6 Jun 1944)
   Trutz (8 Jun 1944 - 7 Jul 1944)
   Greif (3 Aug 1944 - 18 Aug 1944)
   Rasmus (9 Feb 1945 - 13 Feb 1945)
   Hagen (15 Mar 1945 - 21 Mar 1945)

Attacks on this boat and other events

3 Oct 1944
A Soviet aircraft attacked U-711 in the Norwegian Sea, but the U-boat gunners drove it off.

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus but the date of fitting or sailing date with the equipment is unknown. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from the boat

30 Sep 1943
A man died when the boat docked at Narvik. [Maschinengefreiter Heinz Schiefelbein]

  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.


Duck

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


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