List of all U-boats

U-116

Type

XB

 
Ordered31 Jan 1939
Laid down1 Jul 1939 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 615)
Launched3 May 1941
Commissioned26 Jul 1941Korvkpt. Werner von Schmidt
Commanders
26 Jul 1941 - 10 Sep 1942  KrvKpt. Werner von Schmidt
11 Sep 1942 - 6 Oct 1942  Oblt. Wilhelm Grimme
Career
4 patrols
26 Jul 1941-31 Jan 1942  2. Flottille (training)
1 Feb 1942-1 Apr 1942  1. Flottille (training)
1 Apr 1942-6 Oct 1942  1. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 4,284 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 7,093 GRT
Fate

Missing since October 1942 in the North Atlantic, details and position not known.

The last radiogram was sent on 6 Oct 1942 from approximate position 45.00N, 31.30W. 56 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 2 ships hit by U-116 - View the 4 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-116 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Hecht (26 May 1942 - 29 May 1942)
   Hai (3 Jul 1942 - 21 Jul 1942)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-116 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Leg / Claw of Animal

Media links


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay


Related page:
U-boats Missing in Action.