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Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down29 May 1942 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 170)
Launched11 Feb 1943
Commissioned25 Mar 1943Oblt. Hans-Heinrich Ketels
25 Mar 1943 - 8 Jun 1944  Kptlt. Hans-Heinrich Ketels
2 patrols
25 Mar 1943-29 Feb 1944  5. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1944-8 Jun 1944  3. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk at 0135hrs on 8 June 1944 in the Bay of Biscay west of Bordeaux, France, in position 45.15N, 04.10W, by depth charges from a British Sunderland aircraft (228 Sqn RAF/R). 38 dead and 14 survivors.

Loss position

View the 2 war patrols

Attacks on this boat and other events

20 Apr 1944
U-970 was attacked in the Bay of Biscay. Damage minor.

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-970 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.

Coat of Arms of Falkenstein

Media links

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

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