List of all U-boats

U-378

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered16 Oct 1939
Laid down3 May 1940 Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 9)
Launched13 Sep 1941
Commissioned30 Oct 1941Kptlt. Alfred Hoschatt
Commanders
30 Oct 1941 - 11 Oct 1942   Alfred Hoschatt
18 Jun 1942 - 10 Sep 1942  Oblt. Peter Schrewe
10 Sep 1942 - 11 Oct 1942  Kptlt. Hans-Jürgen Zetzsche (in deputize) -- acting
12 Oct 1942 - 20 Oct 1943  Kptlt. Erich Mäder
Career
8 patrols
30 Oct 1941-28 Feb 1942  8. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1942-30 Jun 1942  3. Flottille (active service)
1 Jul 1942-30 Apr 1943  11. Flottille (active service)
1 May 1943-20 Oct 1943  3. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,920 tons
Fate

Sunk 20 Oct, 1943 in the North Atlantic, in position 47.40N, 28.27W, by depth charges from Avenger and Wildcat aircraft (VC 13) of the US escort carrier USS Core. 48 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-378 - View the 8 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-378 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)
   Trägertod (19 Sep 1942 - 22 Sep 1942)
   Boreas (19 Nov 1942 - 9 Dec 1942)
   Eisbär (27 Mar 1943 - 30 Mar 1943)
   Meise (25 Apr 1943 - 27 Apr 1943)
   Star (27 Apr 1943 - 4 May 1943)
   Fink (4 May 1943 - 6 May 1943)
   Naab (12 May 1943 - 15 May 1943)
   Donau 2 (15 May 1943 - 19 May 1943)
   Mosel (19 May 1943 - 24 May 1943)
   Leuthen (15 Sep 1943 - 24 Sep 1943)
   Rossbach (24 Sep 1943 - 9 Oct 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

29 Mar 1942
14.11 hrs, Barents Sea: a U-boat was sighted off the port bow by HMS Fury, escorting the damaged HMS Trinidad. The destroyer attempted to ram, but the boat escaped by diving, and only three depth charges were dropped as the throwers were iced up. For some time it was believed that this attack sank U-585, but the target was U-378, with no damage caused. (Sources: 1977-01-01, Claude Huan)

13 Oct 1943
A Fido homing torpedo from an Avenger aircraft missed the boat. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 447)

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-378 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.


Figure on U-boat

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


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