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Narratives in English and German translation by Mario M Weidner
U767 German Uboat discovered / English Channel 19th July 2002

Die Geschichte des deutschen U-Bootes U-767 gesunken im Englischen Kanal
vor der französichen Kueste im Juni 1944

Latest U767 News Sole survivor now identified see below
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Images of 767 today | Condition of wreck | History | Team | Additional Historic data

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U767 Discovery
U767 was just one of over 121 submarines and U-Boats lost in the English channel since the 18th Century, 767 of course a victim of World War Two along with 49 serving German submariners. During an expedition in search of deep shipwrecks off the North French coastline in July of 2002 Leigh Bishop and his wreck diving team investigated an undived U-Boat thought to be that of U767. The wreck investigated that lie at a depth of 250ft in the cold waters of the English Channel was in remarkable condition and has all the signs of being that of 767 in question. Historic information indicates U767 as having been lost within this close proximity of where the team had been investigating unknown wrecks.

Expedition leader Leigh Bishop had received strong information alongside a possible set of GPS numbers from Channel Isles wreck hunters John Ovenden and Paul Haslam. The information was then shared with Skipper and wreck discoverer Steve Wright aboard Loyal Watcher and it was decided to spend a specific time period throughout the 9 day expedition in search of the lost U-boat in question.
After an extensive search an unknown wreck representing a possible Uboat was discovered by the team on a fix not far from Ovendens position. Ovenden and Halsam had previously spent time in the area whilst searching for HMS Limbourne when they picked up sonar readings. From our research U767 was the only U-boat lost within this particular area. Leigh Bishop had also received information on this U-boat from Alain Launay a French wreck researcher responsible for the location of HMS Charybdis.
U-767 - entdeckt und zum ersten Mal seit dem Untergang betaucht, durch Leigh Bishop
The prop of U767 58 years after she was lost
The stern intact prop of U767
Condition of U767
The team dived the wreck which lie at 250ft/75m in reasonable conditions as far as Channel diving conditions go with Visibility at approx 12m with good ambient light. Steve Wrights shot line hooked into the wreck at the very stern tip (quite literally) which in turn enabled a full investigation of the Uboat from stern to bow and back again to a know fixed position. The wreck takes on a list to port some 70 degrees and is completely intact, records suggest that U767 was depth charged to destruction, although if this is 767 the depth charges did not penetrate the pressure hull as such.
A little aft of the conning tower there appears to be 2 indents into the pressure hull side by side. At first sight this appears as if the boat has been rammed although quite possibly this is a result of depth charges. The indents have not penetrated through the pressure hull as such and this was the only damage we inspected over the entire wreck. Since the expedition we have analysed digital video footage and again found no apparent signs of obvious damage. There is a hatch wide open aft of the conning tower and several feet aft of the damage. Again further to the bow the torpedo loading hatch appears also to be open. On the conning tower itself there remains only a single hatch that is fixed shut. This hatch appears to be the only exit from the conning tower with room here for one person only. i.e. it looks to me as if a single person could have been on watch at any one time. There are no guns fixed to this boat which at such a late period during the war is naturally expected. The RDF Loop on the tower also remains in remarkable condition. All hydroplanes are also intact as are deck supports and framework. Conclusions where imminent that this vessel was in fact a type VIIC not unlike that of U767.
This U-Boat is one of several first investigated by Leigh Bishop however remains as one that stands out from others due to her remarkable condition. The exploration of the U-Boat during the expedition was remarked upon as one of the finest dives of the year and will be remembered in time to come.

Falls Sie Ueberlebende von U-767 kennen und Angaben ueber Ihren Verbleib machen koennen bitten wir Sie freundlich darum, mit uns Kontakt aufzunehmen, denn es liegt uns viel daran, das letzte Kapitel dieser Geschichte zu schreiben und dabei vielleicht so gar die Geschichte von Ueberlebenden erzählen zu können.

Last thought of Axel Niestlé
The coordinates of the wreck given by Leigh Bishop correspond with the war time position fix given for the loss of the boat by the warships involved. Apart from the fact that a survivor was picked up who gave testimony about the identity of the boat, the position is along the course ordered for U 767 while approaching the Seine Bay. Likewise we have presently no information about any other German WWII boat lost in the this area. Therefore I am pretty sure that this wreck is U 767. The lack of physical damage to the boat is probably attributable to the fact that the exploding charges just caused an indent of the pressure hull with a small leak or so.
Open hatch aft of the conning tower
Open hatch on U767 as she lies today at the bottom of
the English Channel.

At 50 + meters depth a leak like a hand is uncontrollable by pumps and inevitably leads to the flooding of the boat. The survivor probably left from the stern part. I am sure he was interrogated by the NID. A report is possibly filed at the PRO or the MoD/NHB. Much to my regret his name is not known to me. I intend to research the WASt here in Berlin because he probably turned up sometime to file his pension documents at the age of 65! There are no documents directly related to U 767 like KTB about its operational career. All information must come from secondary sources like KTB BdU, decrypted radio msg and other sources. Thus information will always be limited compared with other boats.

NEWS NEWS
Sole survivor of U767 identified click on link below to find out more

To see a full list of named men lost aboard U767 June
18th 1944 / their rank and age at time of lost.
Klicken SIe hier, um eine vollständige Liste der Besatzungsmitglieder
(mit Dienstgrad und Alter) zu erhalten, die am 18. Juni 1944 gefallen sind.
Click Here / clicken Sie bitte hier


History

Above; Oberleutnat zur See Walter Dankleff addressing his crew
aboard U767.

Position 49degrees 03N / 03degrees13W
Date; 18th June 1944
Type; Class Type VIIC
Identification; U767
Senior officer; Oberleutnat zur See Walter Dankleff

At 1005hours a U-boat was located by D/F by the 14th Escort group comprising of HMS Fame (senior officer), Hotspur, Inconstant, Icarus and Havelock. Although the signal was weak, its position, between Lannion and St Malo, corresponded with the track of a U-boat making a passage along the coast, so the group proceeded at full speed to the area. At 1620hours Fame was in asdic contact and attacked first with hedgehog-she was rewarded with three explosions after 4 and a half seconds, followed by the appearance of a large bubble of oil- and then with depth charges. Havelock followed up with more depth charges. Inconstant was running in for a Hedgehog attack when a man wearing Drager breathing apparatus appeared on the surface in an air bubble. He was quickly picked up by Fame. German shore batteries now began laying down an accurate fire on the ships. Hotspur was ordered to make smoke while the other ships withdrew, having delivered a number of attacks to make sure that the U-boat was dead. The sole survivor, who identified himself as coming from U767, said that the hedgehog attack had struck the U-boat forward. He had been stationed aft and had simply been blown out of the boat in an air bubble. Cdr Currie, Fames CO noted that 'His escape from 40 fathoms between attacks made him a rather precious commodity.

Above; The crew aboard U767.


Above; Oberleutnat zur See Walter Dankleff aboard U767.

Team

Leigh Bishop [Expedition Leader/stills photography]
Dave Wilkins [Video]
Kevin Pickering [Video]
Chris Hutchison [Video]
Tim Cashman [Video]
Bob Hughes, Teresa Telus, Des Murray, Jamie Powel, Christina Campbell, Andy Mumford, Mark Elliot

Skipper [Steve Wright]
On board crew [ Phil Hodgeson/Gordon Bell]
Research Alain Launay, John Ovenden, Paul Haslam, Axel Niestlé, Leigh Bishop with assistance from Richie Kholar.
Expedition Vessel Loyal Watcher
Expedition dive vessel Loyal watcher chartered
by deep wreck explorer Leigh Bishop at the time
of the U767 Discovery.

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