List of all U-boats

U-320

Type

VIIC/41

 
Ordered14 Oct 1941
Laid down1 Dec 1942 Flender Werke AG, Lübeck (werk 320)
Launched6 Nov 1943
Commissioned30 Dec 1943Oblt. Siegfried Breinlinger
Commanders
30 Dec 1943 - 10 Jul 1944  Oblt. Siegfried Breinlinger
11 Jul 1944 - 8 May 1945  Oblt. Heinz Emmrich
Career
2 patrols
30 Dec 1943-1 Apr 1945  4. Flottille (training)
1 Apr 1945-8 May 1945  5. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Scuttled at 0340hrs on 8 May 1945 in the North Sea off Sotra island west of Bergen, Norway, after being damaged by depth charges from a British Catalina aircraft (210 Sqn RAF/X) in position 61.32N, 01.53E on 7 May. (uboat.net, March 2002).

Loss position

View the 2 war patrols

U-320 was officially listed as lost in an air attack on 7 May 1945, but it was in fact only damaged and proceeded to the Sotra island west of Bergen, where the crew scuttled the boat and went ashore. The Germans later told their British interrogators that they had been sunk by the air attack because they feared repercussions, having failed to obey the orders to surrender and also destroyed their U-boat.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus and sailed equipped with it in May 1945 but it was of course installed prior to that date. 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-320 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.


Penguin

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