List of all U-boats

U-238

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered20 Jan 1941
Laid down21 Apr 1942 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 668)
Launched7 Jan 1943
Commissioned20 Feb 1943Oblt. Horst Hepp
Commanders
20 Feb 1943 - 9 Feb 1944  Kptlt. Horst Hepp (German Cross in Gold)
Career
3 patrols
20 Feb 1943-31 Jul 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1943-9 Feb 1944  1. Flottille (active service)
Successes4 ships sunk, total tonnage 23,048 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 7,176 GRT
Fate

Sunk on 9 February 1944 in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 49.45N, 16.07W, by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Kite, HMS Magpie and HMS Starling. 50 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 5 ships hit by U-238 - View the 3 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-238 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Leuthen (15 Sep 1943 - 24 Sep 1943)
   Schill 2 (17 Nov 1943 - 22 Nov 1943)
   Weddigen (22 Nov 1943 - 1 Dec 1943)
   Igel 2 (4 Feb 1944 - 9 Feb 1944)

Attacks on this boat and other events

30 Nov 1943
Avenger from the escort carrier USS Bogue attacked, killing two men and wounding five. [Matrosenobergefreiter Jakob Philipp]

10 Dec 1943
A British submarine fired three torpedoes at U-238 but all missed.

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

30 Nov 1943
Avenger from the escort carrier USS Bogue attacked, killing two men and wounding five. [Matrosenobergefreiter Jakob Philipp]

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

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


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Media links


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

Wynn, Kenneth


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel