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U BOATS IN ACTION SOUTH ATLANTIC - U A U 87

7)U-68



Ordered - 7 Aug 1939


Laid down - 20 Apr 1940  AG Weser, Bremen (werk 987)


Launched - 22 Oct 1940


Commissioned 11/Feb/41, U-68 a type IX-C  Kptlt. Karl-Friedrich Merten (Oak Leaves)


Commanders

11 Feb 1941- 21 Jan 1943  KrvKpt. Kptlt. Karl-Friedrich Merten (Knights Cross)


21 Jan 1943 -16 Jun 1943  Oblt. Albert Lauzemis (German Cross in Gold)


14 Jun 1943 - Jul, 1943  Oblt. Ekkerhard Scherraus


Jul, 193-29 Jul 1943  Oblt. Gerhard Seehausen (German Cross in Gold)


30 Jul 1943-10 Apr 1944  Oblt. Oblt. Albert Lauzemis (German Cross in Gold)


Career 

10 patrols   


Feb 1941-31 May 1941  2. Flotille (training)


1 Jun 1941-10 Apr 1944  2. Flotille (active service)


Successes

32 ships for a total of 197,453 GRT


1 auxiliary warship sunk for a total of 545 GR


Sunk 10 Apr 1944 north-west of Madeira, Portugal, in position 33º24"N 18º59"W, by depth charges and rockets from Avenger and Wildcat aircraft of the US escort carrier USS Guadalcanal (VC-58).


56 Dead


1 Survivor


By www.uboat.net


She was the most successful U-boat which operated in the south Atlantic sinking 23 ships for a total of 114,573 tons. 


ALLENDE - HAZELSIDE - BRADFORD CITY - HELENU S- BALUCHISTAN - BARON NEWLANDS -ILE DE BATZ - SCOTTISH PRINCE - MUNCASTER CASTLE - TREVILLEY - BREEDIJK -KOUMOUNDOUROS - GAASTERKERK - SWIFTSURE - SARTHE - EXAMELIA - BELGIAN FIGHTER - CITY OF CAIRO - ORFASY - LITIOPA - FORT DE VAUX - NEW COLUMBIA


 ALLENDE


 

 HAZELSIDE


 BRADFORD CITY


 HELENUS


 BALUCHISTAN


 BARON NEWLANDS


ILE DE BATZ


 SCOTTISH PRINCE


 MUNCASTER CASTLE


 TREVILLEY


BREEDIJK


KOUMOUNDOUROS


GAASTERKERK


SWIFTSURE


 SARTHE


EXAMELIA


 BELGIAN FIGHTER


 CITY OF CAIRO


 HMS ORFASY


 LITIOPA


 FORT DE VAUX


 NEW COLUMBIA


 

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