U-boat patrols

Patrol info for U-47

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
16 Nov 1939Kiel18 Dec 1939Kiel33 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Günther Prien

Oblt. Engelbert Endrass

Oblt. Amelung von Varendorff

Wilhelm Spahr

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-47


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We have daily positions for all 33 days on this patrol.

Ships hit by U-47 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
5 Dec 1939U-47Günther Prien Navasota8,795brOB-46
6 Dec 1939U-47Günther Prien Britta6,214nw
7 Dec 1939U-47Günther Prien Tajandoen8,159nl

3 ships sunk (23,168 tons).

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General Events during this patrol


28 Nov 1939. U-47 fired a torpedo at the British cruiser HMS Norfolk, which missed.

9 Dec 1939. U-47 attacked a British destroyer in the North Atlantic, but without success.

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Attacks on U-47 during this patrol

5 Dec 1939
After sinking the British steam merchant Navasota U-47 was briefly depth charged by British destroyers, but escaped unharmed. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 120)

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* These are officers that later became commanders themselves.

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