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U BOATS IN ACTION SOUTH ATLANTIC - U A U 87

6)U 66



Ordered - 7 Aug 1939


Laid down - 20 Mar  1940  - AG Weser, Bremen (werk 985)


Launched  -  10 Oct 1940


Commissioned 2/Jan/41 U-66 a type IX-C Kptlt. Richard Zapp (Knights Cross)


Commanders

2 Jan 1941 -  21 Jun 1942  KrvKpt. Richard Zapp (Knights Cross)


22 Jun 1942 - 1 Sep 1943 Kptlt. Friedrich Markworth (Knights Cross)


6 Aug 1943 -  Sep 1943 Oblt. (R) Paul Frerks


2 Sep 1943 - 6 May 1944  Oblt. Gerhard Seehausen (German Cross in Gold)


Successes

2 ships damaged for a total of 22,674 GRT


2 warships damaged for a total of 64 tons


Sunk 6 May, 1944 west of the Cape Verde Islands, in position 17º17"N 32º29"W, by depth charges, ramming and gunfire from Avenger and Wildcat aircraft of the US escort carrier USS Block Island and by the destroyer escort USS Buckley.


24 Dead


36 Survivors


By www.uboat.net


In the south Atlantic U-66 sank 7 ships with a total of 30,559 tons.


MATADIAN - HOLMSIDE - SAINT LOUIS - I.C. WHITE - JOHN HOLT - SILVERMAPLE - TAMANDARÉ


 MATADIAN


 HOLMSIDE


 SAINT LOUIS


 I. C. WHITE


 JOHN HOLT


 SILVERMAPLE


 TAMANDARE (Sister ship SCHENECTADY)


 

 

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