List of all U-boats




Ordered14 Oct 1941
Laid down23 Jan 1943 Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 61)
Launched5 Sep 1943
Commissioned3 Nov 1943Oblt. Karl-Heinz Rasch
3 Nov 1943 - 12 Mar 1945   Karl-Heinz Rasch
3 patrols
3 Nov 1943-31 Jul 1944  8. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1944-30 Sep 1944  9. Flottille (active service)
1 Oct 1944-12 Mar 1945  11. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Listed as missing in the approaches to the Northern Channel on 12 March 1945 in the approximate position 55.30N, 07W.

There is a possibility that she was lost on or about 12 March to the minefields T1 or T21 which were laid in the path to her operational area.

42 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, April 1985).

Loss position

View the 3 war patrols

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk 22 March 1945 in the Northern Channel, in position 55.23N, 06.40W, by aerial torpedoes from a British Liberator (Sqdn. 120/B). (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack was actually against a nonsub target.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in July 1944. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-296 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.

Polar Bear and U-boat

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