|Ordered||5 Jun 1941|
|Laid down||2 Oct 1942||Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 371)|
|Launched||12 May 1943|
|Commissioned||28 Jul 1943||Klaus Hänert|
|Successes||1 ship sunk, total tonnage 11,017 GRT|
Sunk on 16 April 1944 in the North Atlantic east of New York, in position 40.09N, 69.44W, by depth charges and gunfire from the US destroyer escorts USS Gandy, USS Joyce and USS Peterson. 44 dead and 12 survivors.
This boat is a dive site
Announced discovery on 23 July 2012.
Discovery dive team site: http://www.bradsheard.com/u550.htmlDepth: 330 feet (101 meters)
Position (lat, long): 40.09, -69.44
See more U-boat dive sites.
Attacks on this boat and other events
22 Feb 1944
A Catalina aircraft (RCAF Sqdn 162/S, pilot Flying Officer C. C. Cunningham) dropped four depth charges and strafed the boat south of Iceland, killing two men. The boat was lost on the same patrol on 16 April. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 560, )
1 recorded attack on this boat.
Annoucements related to this boatWreck of U-550 discovered off Nantucket, USA (28 Jul 2012)
Men lost from the boat
22 Feb 1944
A Catalina aircraft (RCAF Sqdn 162/S, pilot Flying Officer C. C. Cunningham) dropped four depth charges and strafed the boat south of Iceland, killing two men. The boat was lost on the same patrol on 16 April.
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
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