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