List of all U-boats




Ordered25 Sep 1939
Laid down10 Apr 1940 Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 276)
Launched16 Nov 1940
Commissioned11 Dec 1940Kptlt. Reinhard Hardegen (Oak Leaves)
11 Dec 1940 - 4 Apr 1941  Kptlt. Reinhard Hardegen (Knights Cross)
5 Apr 1941 - 2 Jun 1941  Oblt. Eberhard Wetjen
3 patrols
11 Dec 1940-19 Dec 1940  1. Flottille (training)
20 Dec 1940-1 Feb 1941  22. Flottille (school boat)
1 Feb 1941-2 Jun 1941  3. Flottille (active service)
Successes2 ships sunk, total tonnage 6,145 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 4,996 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 2,491 GRT

Sunk on 2 June 1941 in the North Atlantic north-west of Ireland, in position 56.38N, 10.24W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Wanderer and the British corvette HMS Periwinkle. 26 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 4 ships hit by U-147 - View the 3 war patrols

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-147 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

Flying Fish

Media links

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay