List of all U-boats

U-669

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered20 Jan 1941
Laid down3 Nov 1941 Howaldtswerke Hamburg AG, Hamburg (werk 818)
Launched5 Oct 1942
Commissioned16 Dec 1942Oblt. Kurt Köhl
Commanders
16 Dec 1942 - 30 Aug 1943  Oblt. (R) Kurt Köhl
Career
2 patrols
16 Dec 1942-31 May 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Jun 1943-30 Aug 1943  1. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Missing since 30 August 1943 in the Bay of Biscay west of La Rochelle.

Possibly sank in a diving accident during a deep dive trial in approx. position 45.33N, 03.50W on 30 August 1943.

52 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, June 2009).

Loss position

View the 2 war patrols

U-669 made a deep dive trial after leaving St. Nazaire on 30 August 1943 but did not report back to its escorts and was posted as missing on 8 September 1943 after it also failed to report its passage of the Bay of Biscay.

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk 7 Sept 1943 in the Bay of Biscay northwest of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 43.36N, 10.13W, by depth charges from a Canadian aircraft (RCAF-Sqdn. 407). (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack was actually against U-584 inflicting no damages.

Attacks on this boat and other events

25 Jul 1943

While the boat was docked at St.Nazaire one of the crew died in an air raid on Hamburg while on leave for his birthday. This raid was the beginning of the "Battle for Hamburg". [Bootsmaat Erich Bergner].

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

25 Jul 1943

While the boat was docked at St.Nazaire one of the crew died in an air raid on Hamburg while on leave for his birthday. This raid was the beginning of the "Battle for Hamburg". [Bootsmaat Erich Bergner].

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

U-boat Emblems

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Compass Rose

Media links


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