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  1. Name: U514
  2. Type of boat: submarine type IXC
  3. Flag: Germany
  4. Date of sinking: 08 July 1943
  5. Cause: war
  6. Location: near the Sisargas Islands (Malpica). To be located.
  7. Diving level:
  8. GALP territory: Costa da Morte (Coast of Death)


Air attack on a German submarine off the Sisargas Islands

Eight days before meeting its end 16.4 miles NNW of the Sisargas Islands (Malpica), the U514 had departed the port city of Lorient (Brittany region, France) for its  fourth patrol. It was an IXC type submarine, with diesel-electric propulsion and steel hull, attached to the 10th U-boat flotilla of the Kriegsmarine, the navy of Nazi Germany. It had been built two years earlier (1941) at Deutsche Werft AG (Hamburg).

Its commander, Hans-Jürgen Auffermann, had been relatively successful in his career having sunk four ships with 29,880 gross tons, plus damaged another 21 ships in only 4 combat patrols. At the end of his days he was awarded the 1st class Iron Cross and was posthumously decorated with the German Golden Cross.

The U514 was sunk by rockets from a British Liberator airplane of 224/R Squadron in position 43º 37′ N and 08º 59′ W.

There were no survivors among its 54 crew members.

El comandante del submarino alemán U514, Hans-Jürgen Auffermann.
“La vaca que ríe” era el emblema del submarino alemán U514