U 455


U 455 was part of the German 29.Unterseebootsflottille in La Spezia in Italy, and was on her return voyage to base after her 10th patrol when they sailed into a mine field outside Portofino 5. April 1944. According to historical records, the Kriegsmarine administration seem to have forgotten to update their own maps with the mine fields and U 455 under KapitĂ€nleutnant Jans-Martin Scheibe and his crew of fifty men was sunk by a German mine in the minefield called "Fussball Klub" ( football club ).  All hands were lost in the accident. The wreck was found in 2005 on a depth of 90 to 118 meter outside Portofino.

Former names:
U 455

265,5 x 35,5 x 16,5 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
769 displ ( surfaced ) Kiel ( D ) 1941 La Spezia ( I )

44.04 N, 09.51 E
( Source : uboat.net )

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"With over 650 boats build, the Type VII was the most important submarine in the German Kriegsmarine. Built between 1936 and 1944 those boats mainly operated in the North Atlantic, and were known for the so called "Rudeltaktik" - a simultaneous night attack of several surfaces U-Boats on allied convoys. Besides torpedo attacks they could also be used for mine laying and were well known for their maneuverability and fast diving speed. Shortly after the introduction of the first model a improved version with a better maneuverability (Type VIIB) was built. The most built variant was the Type VIIC whose variant Type VIIC/41 was made of thicker steel"