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Ordered10 Apr 1941
Laid down10 Apr 1942 Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 355)
Launched7 Nov 1942
Commissioned27 Jan 1943Kptlt. Peter Schrewe
27 Jan 1943 - 9 Nov 1944  Kptlt. Peter Schrewe
3 patrols
27 Jan 1943-31 Jul 1943  4. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1943-30 Sep 1944  10. Flottille (active service)
1 Oct 1944-9 Nov 1944  33. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk 9 Nov 1944 in the Java Sea east of Surabaya, in position 07.13S, 115.17E, by torpedoes from the US submarine USS Flounder. 58 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 3 war patrols

Attacks on this boat and other events

31 Oct 1943
A Canadian Hudson aircraft (Sqdn 11) fired eight rockets at the boat which missed their mark. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 459)

10 Nov 1943
A Canadian Catalina aircraft (Sqdn 5) dropped four depth charges on the boat off Cape Race, Canada. The boat escaped unharmed. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 459)

11 Nov 1943
A Canadian Catalina aircraft (Sqdn 5) dropped 4 depth chages, causing slight damage. Ships called in to hunt her failed to locate the boat and she reached port on December 8. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 459)

5 Mar 1944
While outbound from France the boat was attacked by an unidentified Allied aircraft and damaged so badly she was forced to return to Lorient, arriving 6 March. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 538)

4 recorded attacks on this boat.

General notes on this boat

22 Oct 1943. U-537 set up an automatic weather station in Martin Bay, Labrador. See Weather station Kurt erected in Labrador in 1943.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-537 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.

Anchor and Crossed Swords

Media links

U-Boats at War

Showell, Jak P. Mallmann

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel