german German Navy (Kriegsmarine) 1935-1945 U-568 (+1942)
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nationality german
purpose war
type submarine
subtype/class VII C class submarine (ger.)
VII C class submarine (ger.) U-260 [+1945]
propulsion diesel and batteries
date built 1941
weight (tons) 864.7  disp (subm)
dimensions 67.1 x 6.18 x 4.74 m
material steel
engine 2 × supercharged (Germaniawerft or MAN), 6-cylinder, 4-stroke M6V 40/46 diesels (3200 hp), 2 electric motors (750 hp), 2 x 62 batteries
armament 14 torpedoes, 5 x T.T. 53.3 cm, 4 (fwd), 1 (aft), 1 x 8.8 cm L/45 deck gun, 1 x 2 cm or 2 x 2 cm or 1 x 3.7 A.A.
power 3200  h.p.
speed 17.6  knots
yard no. 544
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cause lost depth charge
date lost 29/05/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
German Navy (Kriegsmarine) 1935-1945
complement 44~57
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Allen Tony21/09/2007U-568 was a German submarine Type VIIC. She was sunk on the 29th May 1942 in the Mediterranean north-east of Tobruk by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Hero and the British escort destroyers HMS Eridge and HMS Hurworth. 47 survivors (No casualties).
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Lettens Jan12/08/2009S/S/ Empire Heron was a British Cargo Steamer of 6,034 tons and built in 1920. Built as American Mosella for US Shipping Board, San Francisco; 1937 transferred to US Maritime Commission, San Francisco and laid up as reserve. 1941 given to Britain and renamed Empire Heron by Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). On the 15th October 1941 she was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-568 SE of Cape Farewell.

The master, 33 crew members and nine gunners were lost.
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Lettens Jan12/08/2009HMS Salvia (Lt.Cdr. John Isdale Miller, DSO, DSC, RD) was torpedoed and sunk by U-568 around 01.35hours on 24 december 1941 about 100 nautical miles west of Alexandria. There were no survivors, 106 (of the crew) dead.
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Lettens Jan12/08/2009HMS Picotee (Lt. Ronald Arthur Harrison) was torpedoed and sunk south of Iceland by U-568 during the night of 11 / 12 August 1941 while escorting convoy ONS-4. She was hit by one torpedo and sank almost immediately. There were no survivors.
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About Owners
German Navy (Kriegsmarine) 1935-1945

Kriegsmarine is the name of the Navy of Germany during WWII, not to be confused with Imperial German Navy, which is the German Navy during WWI and before.
About Builders
 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
The name Blohm & Voss has stood for quality in ship construction and marine and mechanical engineering for 125 years. Blohm & Voss was founded in 1877 by Hermann Blohm and Ernst Voss as a general partnership. A shipyard was built on the island of Kuhwerder having three building berths along a 250m water front. - - -

Although the company was almost completely demolished at the end of World War II, it still builds warships both for the Deutsche Marine and for export. Today Blohm + Voss is an innovative German shipyard specializing in the construction of naval vessels and technically sophisticated megayachts from building facilities in Hamburg including repairs, refits, and modification of such vessels as well as merchant ships.

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