U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-47

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
8 Oct 1939Kiel17 Oct 1939Wilhelmshaven10 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Günther Prien

Oblt. Engelbert Endrass

Oblt. Amelung von Varendorff

Wilhelm Spahr

Patrol description

The translated war diary of U-47 for this patrol is available on our partner website: uboatarchive.net

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-47

We have 7 daily positions for the 10 days U-47 was at sea.

Departure from Kiel on 8 Oct 1939.
9 Oct 1939 - 10 Oct 1939 - 11 Oct 1939 - 12 Oct 1939 - 13 Oct 1939 - 14 Oct 1939 - 15 Oct 1939 - 16 Oct 1939 -
Arrival at Wilhelmshaven on 17 Oct 1939.

Ships hit by U-47 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
14 Oct 1939U-47Günther Prien HMS Royal Oak (08)29,150brA

1 ship sunk (29,150 tons).

We have a picture of this vessel.

General Events during this patrol


8 Oct 1939. U-47 under command of Günther Prien set out from Kiel on the soon to be famous attack on the British Home Fleet at Scapa Flow.

14 Oct 1939. On 14 Oct 1939 the boat made the incredible raid on Scapa Flow, sinking the British battleship HMS Royal Oak.

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Attacks on U-47 during this patrol

We have no recorded attacks on U-47 duing this patrol.

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* These are officers that later became commanders themselves.

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