|Ordered||10 Apr 1941|
|Laid down||11 Feb 1942||Danziger Werft AG, Danzig (werk 123)|
|Launched||10 Oct 1942|
|Commissioned||10 Feb 1943||Ltnt. Wolfgang Poeschel|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk on 4 October 1943 in the North Atlantic north of the Azores, in position 43.13N, 28.58W, by a Fido homing torpedo from an Avenger and two Wildcat aircraft (VC-9 USN/T-3, F-16 & F-19) of the US escort carrier USS Card. 49 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB and Axel Niestlé, January 1993).
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.
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. Three 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. Three 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 -
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
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