|Ordered||15 Aug 1940|
|Laid down||29 Mar 1941||Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 14)|
|Launched||22 Apr 1942|
|Commissioned||6 Jun 1942||Oblt. Horst Kremser|
|Successes||1 ship sunk, total tonnage 423 GRT|
Sunk 1 Aug, 1943 west of Brest, France, in position 47.24N, 12.10W, by depth charges from a British Sunderland aircraft (Sqdn. 228/V). 52 dead (all hands lost).
U-383 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Puma (26 Oct 1942 - 29 Oct 1942)
Natter (30 Oct 1942 - 8 Nov 1942)
Kreuzotter (8 Nov 1942 - 18 Nov 1942)
Habicht (10 Jan 1943 - 19 Jan 1943)
Haudegen (19 Jan 1943 - 15 Feb 1943)
Sturmbock (23 Feb 1943 - 26 Feb 1943)
Amsel (22 Apr 1943 - 3 May 1943)
Amsel 2 (3 May 1943 - 6 May 1943)
Elbe (7 May 1943 - 10 May 1943)
Elbe 2 (10 May 1943 - 14 May 1943)
Attacks on this boat and other events
1 Aug 1943
The sinking of U-383 20.02 hrs, Bay of Biscay, outbound: British Sunderland flying boat JM678 (RAF Sqdn 228/V, pilot F/L S. White), despite being hit by flak during an initial attack run, returned to drop seven depth charges, straddling the U-boat from the starboard quarter. The Sunderland then left to return to base, since flak hits had holed the hull and shot away the starboard float and aileron.
U-383 was last seen by the aircraft with a heavy list to port and men jumping overboard. Kremser reported to BdU that they were unable to dive and the boat was out of control. U-218, U-454 and U-706 were ordered to give assistance, with air cover and an escort of three torpedo boats promised the following day. However, U-454 had been lost earlier that day, and U-218, despite hearing the attack from nearby, was unable to locate U-383 in the darkness. The search continued the next day, but both U-boats were attacked by aircraft, and the torpedo boats searched the area without sighting anything. U-383 apparently foundered during the night due to the extensive damage.(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)
1 recorded attack 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-383 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Black cross on white shield