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Patrol info for U-47

DepartureArrival / FateDuration
3 Jun 1940Kiel6 Jul 1940Kiel34 days


Officers *

Kptlt. Günther Prien

Oblt. Hans-Werner Kraus

Oblt. Amelung von Varendorff

Daily positions, sinkings and allied attacks during the patrol of U-47

We have 33 daily positions for the 34 days U-47 was at sea.

Wolfpack operations during this patrol

U-47 operated with the following Wolfpacks during this patrol
   Prien (12 Jun 1940 - 17 Jun 1940)

Ships hit by U-47 during this patrol

Date U-boat Commander Name of ship Tons Nat. ConvoyMap
14 Jun 1940U-47Günther Prien Balmoralwood5,834brHX-47A
21 Jun 1940U-47Günther Prien San Fernando13,056brHX-49B
24 Jun 1940U-47Günther Prien Cathrine1,885paC
27 Jun 1940U-47Günther Prien Lenda4,005nwD
27 Jun 1940U-47Günther Prien Leticia2,580nlE
29 Jun 1940U-47Günther Prien Empire Toucan4,127brF
30 Jun 1940U-47Günther Prien Georgios Kyriakides4,201grG
2 Jul 1940U-47Günther Prien Arandora Star15,501brH

8 ships sunk (51,189 tons).

We have a picture of this vessel.

General Events during this patrol


6 Jun 1940. U-47 rescued three German airmen from a rubber dinghy in the North Sea about 100 miles south-east of Shetland Islands at 0800hrs. They were from the Dornier Do18D-3 WNr 790 (2./KüFlGr 906, 8L+LK) which was shot down in aerial combat with Blenheim R3629 (254 Sqn RAF, FltLt Mitchell) at 1620hrs on 4 June. One crewman had been killed and another wounded.

27 Jun 1940. After sinking the Dutch merchantman Leticia, U-47 rescued three survivors and put them in a lifeboat with the rest of the shipwrecked crew.

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Attacks on U-47 during this patrol

We have no recorded attacks on U-47 duing this patrol.

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* These are officers that later became commanders themselves.

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