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U-550 surfaced while
Pan Pennsylvania burned
(U.S. Navy photo)
U-532 - Another
Type IX-C boat
The table below provides historical and statistical data on the vessel. Some of the information may be incomplete. If you have additions or corrections, please e-mail us at the address listed below.
|Vessel Type||German submarine (Type IX-C)|
|Length / Beam / Draft (feet)||232' / 22' / 15'|
|Propulsion||Diesel / Electric / Screw|
|Built||1943 at Hamburg, Germany (Deutsche Werft AG)|
|Date of Loss||April 16, 1944|
|Reason for Loss||Depth charges and gunfire from American destroyer escorts, following the U-550's torpedo attack on the American tanker Pan Pennsylvania, which was lagging behind its wartime convoy.|
|Fatalities||44 (12 survivors)|
|Location||70 miles south of Nantucket Island (MA), near the wreck of the Pan Pennsylvania. Although the Pan Pennsylvania wreck has been located and explored by divers, the wreck of the U-550 apparently has never been found. For more information on the U-550, see the U.S. Coast Guard's U-550 data page . For more information on the Pan Pennsylvania, see our Pan Pennsylvania data page. And for more information on U-boats in New England waters, see our page called U-boat Facts and Legends.|
|Coordinates (Lat/Lon)||40.09N / 69.44W (per U.S. Coast Guard records)|
|Coordinates (Loran C)|
|Water Depth (feet)||Approximately 330'|
|Typical Visibility (feet)|
|Other Information||Immediately after the U-550 torpedoed the Pan Pennsylvania, the destroyer escorts USS Joyce, USS Peterson and USS Gandy, which were accompanying the convoy, hunted down and depth charged the sub. Following the depth charge attack, the wounded sub surfaced, engaged in a brief gun battle, then sank to the ocean floor.|
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