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U BOATS IN ACTION SOUTH ATLANTIC - U 154 U 199

23)U 197



Ordered 4 Nov 1940


Laid down 5 Jul 1941  AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1043)


Launched 21 May 1942


Commissioned 10 Oct 1942 Kptlt. Robert Bartels


Commanders 

10 Oct 1942 - 20 Aug 1943  KrvKpt. Robert Bartels (German Cross in Gold)


Career

1 patrol   


10 Oct 1942 - 31 Mar 1943  4. Flotille (training)


1 Apr 1943 - 20 Aug 1943 12. Flotille (active service)


Successes U-197 had 3 ships sunk for a total of 21,267 GRT


1 ship damaged for a total of 7,181 GRT


In the south Atlantic U-197 sank 1 Dutch merchant BENAKAT with 4,763 GRT


Fate: Sunk 20 Aug, 1943 south of Madagascar, in position 28º40"S 42º36"E, by depth charges from 2 British Catalina aircraft (Sqdn. 259/C & 265/N).


67 Dead (all hands lost).


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