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SIGNIFICANT U-BOATS AND OTHER SUBMARINES SUNK BY THE FLEET AIR ARM
U-Boat number/name Date Nationality Squadrons, Aircraft Carrier, RNAS
U-64 1940
Germany
Swordfish 
of HMS Warspite
Iride 1940
Italy
824 sqdn Swordfish

HMS Eagle

U-451 1941
Germany
812 sqdn 
Swordfish 

Gibraltar

U-131 1941
Germany
802 sqdn
Martlet/Wildcat 

HMS Audacity

U-577, U-652, U-589 1942
Germany
815, 825 sqdn
Swordfish 

HMS Avenger

Béveziers
Le Héros
Monge
1942
Vichy France
810, 829
Swordfish

joint with sea attack
Diego Saurez 5/7.5.1942 
HMS Illustrious

U-89 , U-203
U-617, U-752

 1943

Germany
811L, 819, 833 and 886 sqdn 
Swordfish 

1 shared with Hudsons (RAF Sqdn 48 and 233) 
HMS Biter x2 
HMS Archer

U-277, U-288
U-366, U-472,
U-653, U-674
U-973
1944
Germany
816X Flt, 819, 825 sqdn, 842C sqdn 
Swordfish 

HMS Chaser x3 
HMS Vindex
HMS Activity 
HMS Tracker
HMS Fencer x2

U-344, U-365,
U-394, U-959
U-765,
1944
Germany
813, 825 sqdn
Swordfish 

HMS Fencer, HMS Vindex x3, 
HMS Campania

U-288 1944
Germany
819 sqdn Swordfish and 846 sqdn 
Avenger/Wildcat 

HMS Activity 

U-711  1945
Germany
Depth charges from Avenger and Wildcat aircraft of HMS Searcher, HMS Trumpeter and HMS Queen
TOTALS  22.5 German U-boats lost to Swordfish aircraft. 3 french submarines sunk and 1 Italian  
Last Modified: 3-4-2001

FURTHER INFORMATION
 
SUCCESSFUL ATTACKS ON SUBMARINES INVOLVING SWORDFISH AIRCRAFT - 1939 -1945 by the The Swordfish Heritage Trust SUCCESSFUL ATTACKS ON SUBMARINES INVOLVING SWORDFISH AIRCRAFT - 1939 -1945 
Sturtivant, R. & Burrow, M (1995)  Sturtivant, R. & Burrow, M (1995)  'Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939 to 1945'  Published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1995 ISBN: 0 85130 232 7 
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