List of all U-boats

U-354

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered9 Oct 1939
Laid down15 Apr 1940 Flensburger Schiffsbau-Ges, Flensburg (werk 473)
Launched10 Jan 1942
Commissioned22 Apr 1942Kptlt. Karl-Heinz Herbschleb
Commanders
22 Apr 1942 - 22 Feb 1944  Kptlt. Karl-Heinz Herbschleb
22 Feb 1944 - 24 Aug 1944  Oblt. Hans-Jürgen Sthamer (German Cross in Gold)
Career
11 patrols
22 Apr 1942-30 Sep 1942  5. Flottille (training)
1 Oct 1942-14 Oct 1942  1. Flottille (active service)
15 Oct 1942-31 May 1943  11. Flottille (active service)
1 Jun 1943-24 Aug 1944  13. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 7,176 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,300 tons
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 3,771 GRT
1 warship a total loss, total tonnage 11,420 tons
Fate

Sunk 24 Aug 1944 in the Barents Sea north-east of North Cape, in position 72.49N, 30.41E, by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Mermaid and HMS Peacock, the British frigate HMS Loch Dunvegan and the British destroyer HMS Keppel. 51 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, September 1957).

Loss position

See the 4 ships hit by U-354 - View the 11 war patrols

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk by the British Swordfish aircraft (Sqdn 825/X) of the escort carrier HMS Vindex on 22 August, 1944 in position 74.54N, 15.26E. (Postwar assessment, September 1957)
    Notes. This attack was in fact responsible for the loss of U-344.

Wolfpack operations

U-354 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Eisbär (27 Mar 1943 - 1 Apr 1943)
   Wiking (4 Aug 1943 - 15 Sep 1943)
   Eisenbart (1 Nov 1943 - 4 Dec 1943)
   Eisenbart (8 Dec 1943 - 28 Dec 1943)
   Boreas (9 Mar 1944 - 10 Mar 1944)
   Hammer (10 Mar 1944 - 5 Apr 1944)
   Donner (5 Apr 1944 - 11 Apr 1944)
   Donner & Keil (20 Apr 1944 - 2 May 1944)
   Trutz (22 Aug 1944 - 24 Aug 1944)

Men lost from the boat

11 Nov 1942
U-354 lost a man overboard on 11 Nov. [Fähnrich zur See Horst Mayen]

12 Mar 1943
A man from U-354 took his own life. [Maschinenmaat Helmut Richter]

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

U-boat Emblems

We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


The Polar Bear - 11th Flotilla

Demon with Fork

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


Red Sky in the Morning

Pearson, Michael


U-Boats at War

Showell, Jak P. Mallmann


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

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay