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U-393

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered20 Jan 1941
Laid down8 Apr 1942 Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 25)
Launched15 May 1943
Commissioned3 Jul 1943Oblt. Alfred Radermacher
Commanders
3 Jul 1943 - 30 Sep 1944  Oblt. Alfred Radermacher (German Cross in Gold)
1 Oct 1944 - 13 Jan 1945  Oblt. Walter Zenker
14 Jan 1945 - Apr, 1945  Oblt. Joachim Seeger
Apr, 1945 - 4 May 1945  Oblt. (R) Friedrich-Georg Herrle (German Cross in Gold)
Career
No patrols
3 Jul 1943-31 Oct 1944  5. Flottille (training)
1 Nov 1944-31 Mar 1945  24. Flottille (trial boat)(eb)
1 Apr 1945-5 May 1945  5. Flottille (training)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Scuttled on 5 May 1945 off Holnis in Flensburg Firth, in position 54.52,8N, 09.37E, after being badly damaged by US fighter bombers (XXIX TAC, 9th AF) on 4 May. 2 dead, unknown number of survivors. (Axel Niestlé, February 1990).

Loss position

Previously recorded fate

  • On 4 May 1945 at 1800hrs the boat was badly damaged by British Beaufighters (U, Q1 and D of 236 Sqdn. & Q, F and J of 254 Sqdns.).
    Notes. This attack was actually against U-2351 inflicting minor damage.

Attacks on this boat and other events

4 May 1945
U-393 and U-733 were proceeding from Flensburg to Horten together when they were attacked and badly damaged by US fighter bombers (XXIX TAC, 9th AF) in the Gelting Bay at 1740hrs. Both U-boats were scuttled by their crews the next day. U-733 had no casualties, but the commander and a crewman from U-393 were mortally wounded during the air attack. [Oberleutnant zur See Friedrich-Georg Herrle, Bootsmaat Erich Schneider]

1 recorded attack on this boat.

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Men lost from the boat

4 May 1945
U-393 and U-733 were proceeding from Flensburg to Horten together when they were attacked and badly damaged by US fighter bombers (XXIX TAC, 9th AF) in the Gelting Bay at 1740hrs. Both U-boats were scuttled by their crews the next day. U-733 had no casualties, but the commander and a crewman from U-393 were mortally wounded during the air attack. [Oberleutnant zur See Friedrich-Georg Herrle, Bootsmaat Erich Schneider]

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

U-boat Emblems

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Soldan

Media links


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


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

Wynn, Kenneth