|Ordered||4 Nov 1940|
|Laid down||10 Jun 1941||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1042)|
|Launched||24 Apr 1942|
|Commissioned||11 Sep 1942||Kptlt. Eitel-Friedrich Kentrat (Knights Cross)|
|Successes||3 ships sunk, total tonnage 17,739 GRT|
Missing since 1 Dec, 1944 near the Sunda Straits south of Java, exact position unknown, possibly because of a diving accident. 65 dead (all hands lost).
Attacks on this boat
25 May 1943
U-196 attempted to fire two torpedoes at a target in a convoy off South Africa, but only one launched, leaving the other lodged in its tube armed and ready to detonate. The potentially catastrophic hazard was removed by diving the boat at a steep angle until it slid out of the tube. During all this, convoy escorts dropped 4 depth charges on the boat, but without causing any damage. Date is approximate. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 298)
1 recorded attack on this boat.
General notes on this boat
23 Oct 1943. U-196 completed the longest patrol by any submarine in WWII, 225 days from 13 March to 23 Oct, 1943, under the command of Krvkpt. Eitel-Friedrich Kentrat.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-196 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
U-boats Missing in Action.