List of all U-boats
|Ordered||10 Apr 1941|
|Laid down||10 Apr 1942||Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 355)|
|Launched||7 Nov 1942|
|Commissioned||27 Jan 1943||Kptlt. Peter Schrewe|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk at 0026hrs on 10 November 1944 in the Java Sea east of Soerabaja, in position 07.13S, 115.17E, by torpedoes from the US submarine USS Flounder. 58 dead (all hands lost).
Attacks on this boat and other events
31 Oct 1943
A Canadian Hudson aircraft (Sqdn 11) fired eight rockets at the boat which missed their mark. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 459)
10 Nov 1943
A Canadian Catalina aircraft (Sqdn 5) dropped four depth charges on the boat off Cape Race, Canada. The boat escaped unharmed. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 459)
11 Nov 1943
A Canadian Catalina flying boat (Sqdn 5) dropped four depth charges, causing slight damage. Ships called in to hunt her failed to locate the boat, which reached port on December 8. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 459)
5 Mar 1944
While outbound from France the boat was attacked by an unidentified Allied aircraft and damaged so badly she was forced to return to Lorient, arriving 6 March. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 538)
4 recorded attacks on this boat.
General notes on this boat
22 Oct 1943. U-537 set up an automatic weather station in Martin Bay, Labrador. See Weather station Kurt erected in Labrador in 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-537 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Anchor and Crossed Swords
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