german German Navy (Kriegsmarine) 1935-1945 U-711 (+1945)
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general
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
status
unknown
details
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. 777
about the loss
cause lost air raid
date lost 04/05/1945  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.40rank: 605
about people
builder
Stülcken & Sohn (H. C. Stülcken), Hamburg
owner
German Navy (Kriegsmarine) 1935-1945
captain Lange Hans-Günther
complement 52
about the wreck
depth (m.) 45 max. / -- min. (m)
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protected
war grave
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 27/09/2007
last update Lettens Jan
last update 01/05/2014
 
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Lettens Jan01/05/2014U-711 (Kptlt. Hans-Günther Lange) was sunk on 4th May, 1945 in the Arctic at Kilbotn, near Harstad, Norway by aerial bombs from Avenger aircraft (escorted by Wildcat fighters) of the British escort carriers HMS Searcher, HMS Trumpeter and HMS Queen. 40 dead and 12 survivors.
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Allen Tony27/09/2007U-711 was a German submarine Type VIIC. She was sunk on the 4th May 1945 in the Arctic at Kilbotn, near Harstad, Norway by aerial bombs from Avenger aircraft (escorted by Wildcat fighters) of the British escort carriers HMS Searcher, HMS Trumpeter and HMS Queen. 40 dead and 12 survivors. U-711 was damaged while alongside the depot ship Black Watch, probably by two near misses - or hits on the Black Watch.

A skeleton crew of 12 men - probably those on watch aboard the U-boat cut her loose and sailed off, but the boat sank a couple of hundred meters away from the depot ship. 40 members from the U-711 were on board the Black Watch and they were killed when the she blew up (the ship received 7 direct hits and four near misses by bombs dropped from British flown Avenger and Wildcat aircraft of the no. 846, 853 and 882 squadrons operating from the 3 escort carriers mentioned above). All twelve men aboard U-711 managed to escape, this is important, as this means that she is not a war grave. She lies at 45 meters depth, and can be dived by experienced amature divers using Trimix gas or decompression stops. According to a recent report, she is in excellent condition, war damage to rear of tower and deck before the tower, but otherwise good shape, deck planks still intact, even ropes still knotted around the bollards - indicating that mooring ropes to the Black Watch was cut, not untied....

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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.
 
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 Stülcken & Sohn (H. C. Stülcken), Hamburg
Heinrich Christopher Stülcken
 
 
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Allen Tony27/09/2007U-711 was a German submarine Type VIIC. She was sunk on the 4th May 1945 in the Arctic at Kilbotn, near Harstad, Norway by aerial bombs from Avenger aircraft (escorted by Wildcat fighters) of the British escort carriers HMS Searcher, HMS Trumpeter and HMS Queen. 40 dead and 12 survivors. U-711 was damaged while alongside the depot ship Black Watch, probably by two near misses - or hits on the Black Watch.

A skeleton crew of 12 men - probably those on watch aboard the U-boat cut her loose and sailed off, but the boat sank a couple of hundred meters away from the depot ship. 40 members from the U-711 were on board the Black Watch and they were killed when the she blew up (the ship received 7 direct hits and four near misses by bombs dropped from British flown Avenger and Wildcat aircraft of the no. 846, 853 and 882 squadrons operating from the 3 escort carriers mentioned above). All twelve men aboard U-711 managed to escape, this is important, as this means that she is not a war grave. She lies at 45 meters depth, and can be dived by experienced amature divers using Trimix gas or decompression stops. According to a recent report, she is in excellent condition, war damage to rear of tower and deck before the tower, but otherwise good shape, deck planks still intact, even ropes still knotted around the bollards - indicating that mooring ropes to the Black Watch was cut, not untied.

The 88 mm gun had been removed, probably in summer of 1944, possibly when she was fitted with the schnorkel, twin 2mm AA gun is still mounted to the rear of the tower. The U-711 was the last U-boat s inking by the Royal Fleet Air Arm.
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