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U BOATS IN ACTION SOUTH ATLANTIC - U 154 U 199

17)U 180



Ordered 28 May 1940


Laid down 25 Feb 1941 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1020)


Launched 10 Dec 1941


Commissioned 16 May 42 Fregkpt. Werner Musenberg


Commanders


16 May 1942 -  4 Jan 1944    FrgKpt. Werner Musenburg


Oct 1943 -  7 Nov 1943   Oblt. (R) Harald Lange


2 Apr 1944 - 23 Aug 1944   Oblt. Rolf Riesen 


Career 

2 patrols       


16 May 1942 - 31 Jan 1943   4. Flotille (training)


1 Feb 1943 -   1  Nov 1943  12. Flotille (active service)


1 Apr 1944 - 23  Aug 1944  12. Flotille (active service) 


Successes U-180 had 2 ships sunk for a total of 13,298 GRT.Types IX C/D had only  slight changes in engine power


In the south Atlantic she sank 1 ship, the Greek BORIS with 5,166 GRT


Fate: Missing since 23 Aug, 1944 in the Bay of Biscay west of BordeauxFrance in approximate position 44º00"N 02º00"W. Her loss to mines as listed in many sources is not very likely


56 dead (all hands lost)


By www.uboat.net


BORIS



Above an interesting video on U-180 journey across the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean with Indian Nationalist Subbas Chandra Bose aboard.


 

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