|Ordered||15 Aug 1940|
|Laid down||20 May 1941||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 591)|
|Launched||8 Feb 1942|
|Commissioned||26 Mar 1942||Oblt. Ralph Kapitzky|
|Successes||4 ships sunk, total tonnage 27,231 GRT|
Sunk 7 Aug, 1943 in the Caribbean Sea south-east of Curaquo, in position 12.38N, 64.15W, by depth charges from US 6 Mariner and 1 Ventura aircraft. 4 dead and 43 survivors.
This was possibly the longest ongoing combat between a U-boat and aircraft. U-615's battle enabled many other U-boats in the Caribbean to surface and escape to the east.
The aircraft were from the following squadrons; VP-204 (P-6 and P-8), VP-205 (P-2, P-11 and P-4) and VB-130 (Ventura B-5).
U-615 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Pfeil (12 Sep 1942 - 22 Sep 1942)
Blitz (22 Sep 1942 - 26 Sep 1942)
Tiger (26 Sep 1942 - 30 Sep 1942)
Wotan (5 Oct 1942 - 19 Oct 1942)
Draufgänger (1 Dec 1942 - 11 Dec 1942)
Ungestüm (11 Dec 1942 - 30 Dec 1942)
Burggraf (25 Feb 1943 - 5 Mar 1943)
Raubgraf (7 Mar 1943 - 20 Mar 1943)
Seewolf (24 Mar 1943 - 30 Mar 1943)
Adler (7 Apr 1943 - 13 Apr 1943)
Attacks on this boat
15 Oct 1942
The attack by a British B-24 Liberator aircraft (RAF 120/H) on 15 Oct, 1942 in position 53.58N, 33.43W, formerly credited with sinking U-661 was instead against the U-615, causing no damage. (Sources: 1987-06-01, FDS/NHB)
14 Jun 1943
At 21.12 hours, a group of 3 outbound boats (U-257, U-600 and U-615) was attacked by a British Wellington aircraft (547 Sqdn RAF/H, pilot P/O J.W. Hermiston) in the Bay of Biscay. The aircraft strafed U-615 and killed one of the gunners. [Bootsmaat Heinz Wilke] (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman/Rohwer)
29 Jul 1943
The beginning of one of the most dogged hunts of any U-boat in the war. First to attack the boat was an American B-18 aircraft on this day. For the next week the boat fought its way across the Atlantic under multiple air attack, shooting down one Mariner and damaging others. The boat was finally overcome and sunk in the Caribbean. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 363)
6 Aug 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:American Mariner (Sqdn VP-205/P-4)
U-615 was finally lost after a massive and prolonged air action against her in the Caribbean. The boat fought bravely for days against overwhelming odds before finally being sunk.
4 recorded attacks on this boat.
General notes on this boat
11 Apr 1943. On 11 April, 1943 U-615 was slightly damaged by debris when the Liberty ship Edward B. Dudley exploded after being hit by a coup de grâce from a distance of 800m. The commander was wounded and the U-boat was forced to return to base.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-615 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
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