|Ordered||10 Apr 1941|
|Laid down||9 Jan 1942||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 626)|
|Launched||1 Oct 1942|
|Commissioned||26 Nov 1942||Oblt. Ernst von Witzendorff|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk by a Hedgehog from an unidentified Allied vessel in Jan 1945 in position 49.51.061N, 05.29.971W. 47 dead (all hands lost). (Dr. Axel Niestlé, 2010).
In 1976 a U-boat wreck was discovered by the Risdon Beazley salvage company in position 49.51N, 05.29W. This was then confirmed in 1997 by a scuba diver. On 17 July 2008 Odyssey surveyed the wreck at depth of 97m.
Previously recorded fate
- Missing since 9 Dec, 1944 in the North Atlantic or the Arctic Ocean, position unknown. There is no explanation for its loss.
U-650 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Star (27 Apr 1943 - 4 May 1943)
Fink (4 May 1943 - 6 May 1943)
Elbe (7 May 1943 - 10 May 1943)
Elbe 1 (10 May 1943 - 14 May 1943)
Mosel (19 May 1943 - 24 May 1943)
Rügen (14 Jan 1944 - 26 Jan 1944)
Hinein (26 Jan 1944 - 3 Feb 1944)
Igel 2 (3 Feb 1944 - 17 Feb 1944)
Hai 2 (17 Feb 1944 - 22 Feb 1944)
Attacks on this boat
23 Jun 1943
A single 600 pound bomb dropped by a British B-24 Liberator bomber (Sqdn 86, pilot John Wright) caused severe damage, but U-650 managed to reach base at St Nazaire in France five days later. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 340)
5 Jan 1944
While outbound from St. Nazaire the boat suffered damage from aircraft attack, but made repairs at sea and continued the patrol. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 486)
2 recorded attacks on this boat.
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus and sailed equipped with it in August 1944 but it was of course installed prior to that date. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-650 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
U-boats Missing in Action.