List of all U-boats

U-507

Type

IXC

 
Ordered20 Oct 1939
Laid down11 Sep 1940 Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 303)
Launched15 Jul 1941
Commissioned8 Oct 1941Korvkpt. Harro Schacht (Knights Cross)
Commanders
8 Oct 1941 - 13 Jan 1943  KrvKpt. Harro Schacht (Knights Cross)
Career
4 patrols
8 Oct 1941-28 Feb 1942  4. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1942-13 Jan 1943  2. Flottille (active service)
Successes19 ships sunk, total tonnage 77,143 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 6,561 GRT
Fate

Sunk 13 Jan 1943 in the South Atlantic north-west of Natal, in position 01.38S, 39.52W, by depth charges from a US Catalina aircraft (VP-83/P-10). 54 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 20 ships hit by U-507 - View the 4 war patrols

Attacks on this boat and other events

9 May 1942
The boat was attacked by a US Navy PBY Catalina flying boat approx. 225 miles south of its base at Pensacola. (Sources: Ragnar J. Ragnarsson)

10 May 1942
The boat was attacked by a US Navy PBY Catalina flying boat approx. 56 miles SSW of its base at Pensacola. (Sources: Ragnar J. Ragnarsson)

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

General notes on this boat

15 Sep 1942. U-507 (along with U-156 and U-506 and Italian submarine Cappellini) took part in the rescue operations after the sinking of SS Laconia in September 1942 off Africa. About 1500 men were saved by these boats and French ships from Dakar (which arrived on Sept 16, 4 days after the sinking).

13 Jan 1943. A survivor from the sinking of the British steam merchant Baron Dechmont by U-507 on Jan. 3, was lost together with his captors when U-507 was herself sunk on the 13th Jan.

Men lost from the boat

5 May 1942
During handling of a torpedo one of the crew of U-507 broke his arm.

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

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


White Dog

Media links


The sinking of the laconia and the u-boat war

Duffy, James P.


One Common Enemy

McLoughlin, Jim


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, Vol II

Blair, Clay


Dark Sky, Deep Water

Franks, Norman


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay


Torpedo Junction

Hickam, Homer


Torpedoes in the Gulf

Wiggins, Melanie