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These new boats and commanders included U-410 (Kptlt Kurt Sturm), U-221 (ObltzS Hans-Hartwig Trojer) and U-617 (Kptlt Albrecht Brandi), a trio who became some of the flotilla's most successful captains. Brandi became renowned for sinking four ships on his first operational patrol. The flotilla's remaining aces (Hans-JOrgen Hellriegel, Erich Topp, Karl Thurmann, Wilhelm Schulze and Gerd Kelbling) had all taken trainee U-boat commanders with them on their patrols, and continued to pass on their knowledge to the newcomers.
Although the strength of the 7th Flotilla was increased by the addition of 11 new boats during the second part of 1943, and only two boats were lost during the same period (U-274 and U-707), the U- 54 IN ACTION Reinforcements, June-August, 1943 U-647 (Type VIIC) Builder: Blohm &Voss, Hamburg Commissioned: 5 November 1942 Operational in flotilla: 1 June 1943 Commander: Kptlt Willi Hertin Operational patrols: 1 Allied vessels sunk: 0 Fate: Sunk on or soon after 28 July 1943 (no survivors) U-667 (Type VIIC) Builder: Howaldtswerke Hamburg AG, Hamburg Commissioned: 21 October 1942 Operational in flotilla: 1 June 1943 First commander: Kptlt Heinrich Schroeteler Subsequent commander: July 1944: Kptlt K-H.
This involved the transport of weapons, spare parts, repair equipment, supplies, manpower, offices; everything needed to keep over a dozen U-boats fully operational during a campaign. Both the train itself and the base in St Nazaire were designed to be fully self-supporting. The flotilla train (nicknamed the 'BdU Special') continued to run regular services between Kiel and St Nazaire until the summer of 1944, transporting crews home on leave, or recruits west to begin their service. In addition, a small convoy of trucks spent the war shuttling between Kiel and the Atlantic ports, carrying mail, baggage and administrative files.
7th U-Boat Flotilla. Donitz's Atlantic Wolves by Angus Konstam