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Ship ClassType VII-class Submarine
Builder NameFriedrich Krupp Germaniawerft
Yard Number594
Slip/Drydock NumberII
Ordered15 Dec 1937
Laid Down31 Mar 1939
Launched13 Jan 1940
Commissioned11 Mar 1940


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16 Jun 1940 At 1302 hours the 13,212-ton unescorted British motor merchant ship Wellington Star was hit in the bow by a G7a torpedo from German submarine U-101 about 300 miles west of Cape Finisterre, Spain. After the crew abandoned ship in four lifeboats, the submarine fired three coups de grāce at her, all three hit, but only one detonated, underneath the bridge. The U-101, commanded by Fritz Frauenheim, surfaced, questioned the survivors then sank the ship with 31 rounds from the deck gun at 1645 hours.

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