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U 825

U 825
Type VII C
Laid down 19 July 1943 Schichau, Danzig
Commissioned 4 May 1944 Oblt. Gerhard Stoelker
Commanders 05.44 - 05.45 Oblt. Gerhard Stoelker

Career

May 1944 - November 1944 8 U-Flottille (Danzig)
December 1944 - May 1945 11 U-Flottille (Bergen)

 Patrol 1   13 December 1944. Left Kiel and arrived at Horten on 16 December 1944.

Patrol 2  27 December 1944. Left Horten and arrived at Kristiansand on 28 December 1944.

Patrol 3  29 December 1944. Left Kristiansand for British coastal waters. U 825 operated initially south of Ireland and later in the Bristol and St George’s Channels. On 27 January 1945, U 825 attacked convoy HX 332 WSW of Bardsey Island in Cardigan Bay. She may have torpedoed and damaged two ships, the tanker MV Solör (Nw 8262t) and the SS Ruben Dario (Am 7198t). The boat was attacked and damaged by the escort but escaped. The Solör was towed in but was declared to be a total loss. U 825 put in to Bergen on 18 February 1945.

Patrol 4 3 April 1945. Left for the Irish Sea. U 825 had no success on this patrol. At the end of the war the boat was still in the Irish Sea. In accordance with instructions received, U 825 surrendered at Portland on 10 May 1945. She was later moved to Lough Foyle.

U 825 was one of 116 boats disposed of by the Royal Navy in Operation Deadlight. At the beginning of January 1946 the boat was towed from the assembly point at Lisahally by the destroyer HMS Mendip. The towline parted and on 3 January 1946 U 825 was sunk by gunfire by the Polish destroyer Blyskawica north of Malin Head.