List of all U-boats

U-422

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered10 Apr 1941
Laid down11 Feb 1942 Danziger Werft AG, Danzig (werk 123)
Launched10 Oct 1942
Commissioned10 Feb 1943Ltnt. Wolfgang Poeschel
Commanders
10 Feb 1943 - 4 Oct 1943  Oblt. Wolfgang Poeschel
Career
1 patrol
10 Feb 1943-31 Jul 1943  8. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1943-4 Oct 1943  1. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Sunk on October 4 1943 north of the Azores, in position 45.13N, 28.58W, by Avenger and Wildcat aircraft from the American escort carrier USS Card. 49 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB and Axel Niestlé, January 1993).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

* During a supply meeting with the Milch Cow U-460 12 aircraft from the US escort carrier USS Card attacked and sank both boats. U-264 which was also being supplied was heavily damaged.

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk by American aircraft (VC-9) from the escort carrier USS Card on 4 Oct 1944 in position 43.18N, 28.58W. (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack was in fact against the U-264 which escaped severely damaged. U-262, U-422 and U-450 were refuelling from the Milk Cow U-460.

Wolfpack operations

U-422 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Leuthen (15 Sep 1943 - 24 Sep 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

23 Sep 1943
The boat was depth charged and strafed by an allied aircraft identified as a Halifax. 3 men were wounded, two of them seriously. After requesting medical assistance the boat rendezvoused with milch cow U-460 on the 29th of September. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 424)

4 Oct 1943
While being refuelled by U-460 (along with U-264 and U-455) the boats were attacked by Avenger aircraft from the escort carrier USS Card. After putting up heavy flak the smaller VIIC boats dived, leaving U-460 on the surface. She was destroyed when she also tried to dive. U-422 was then attacked later in the day and sunk. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 429)

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

23 Sep 1943
The boat was depth charged and strafed by an allied aircraft identified as a Halifax. 3 men were wounded, two of them seriously. After requesting medical assistance the boat rendezvoused with milch cow U-460 on the 29th of September.

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

U-boat Emblems

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Media links


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

Wynn, Kenneth


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel