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 9 Feb. 1944 in the North Atlantic SW 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
Avengers 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
Avengers 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