List of all U-boats

U-376

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered16 Oct 1939
Laid down3 Apr 1940 Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 7)
Launched10 Jul 1941
Commissioned21 Aug 1941Oblt. Friedrich-Karl Marks
Commanders
21 Aug 1941 - 13 Apr 1943  Kptlt. Friedrich-Karl Marks
Career
8 patrols
21 Aug 1941-1 Mar 1942  6. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1942-30 Jun 1942  6. Flottille (active service)
1 Jul 1942-28 Feb 1943  11. Flottille (active service)
1 Mar 1943-13 Apr 1943  3. Flottille (active service)
Successes2 ships sunk, total tonnage 10,146 GRT
Fate

Listed as missing in the Bay of Biscay on 13 April 1943.

No explanation exists for its loss. 47 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, November 1996).

See the 2 ships hit by U-376 - View the 8 war patrols

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk 10 April, 1943 in the Bay of Biscay west of Nantes, France, in position 46.48N, 09.00W, by depth charges from a British Wellington aircraft (Sqdn. 172/C). (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack was in fact against U-465 inflicting severe damages.

Wolfpack operations

U-376 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Ziethen (23 Mar 1942 - 29 Mar 1942)
   Eiswolf (29 Mar 1942 - 31 Mar 1942)
   Robbenschlag (7 Apr 1942 - 14 Apr 1942)
   Blutrausch (15 Apr 1942 - 19 Apr 1942)
   Strauchritter (29 Apr 1942 - 5 May 1942)
   Eisteufel (1 Jul 1942 - 4 Jul 1942)
   Eisteufel (6 Jul 1942 - 12 Jul 1942)
   Boreas (19 Nov 1942 - 7 Dec 1942)
   Neptun (18 Feb 1943 - 2 Mar 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

27 Jan 1943
The boat had to break off her one-day old patrol in the North Atlantic after some of the crew were wounded in an air attack.

1 recorded attack on this boat.

General notes on this boat

The boat was outbound for a special mission code-named "Elster" to take on German Naval officers who escaped from a POW camp at North Point on Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Was the boat sunk at Prince Edward Island?
Serious research strongly indicates that this boat was sunk while outbound in the Bay of Biscay. There are many who believe she was sunk on 7 May, 1943 off Prince Edward Island and is there in very shallow waters, regularly snagging nets of local fishing vessels. The boat failed to sent the mandatory radio signal to report that she had successfully left the Bay of Biscay and must therefore be assumed lost in the Bay to unknown causes.

Men lost from the boat

27 Jan 1943
The boat had to break off her one-day old patrol in the North Atlantic after some of the crew were wounded in an air attack.

31 Jan 1943
U-376 left Bergen, Norway on 30 Jan. for her 6th patrol, only to return at 0057 hrs on the 31st after the the 3rd Watch Officer was lost overboard. After collecting his replacement she sailed again the same day. [Obersteuermann Heinz Richter]

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

U-boat Emblems

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Coat of Arms of Karlsbad

Media links


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