|Ordered||13 Apr 1940|
|Laid down||10 Feb 1941||F Schichau GmbH, Danzig (werk 1498)|
|Launched||31 Jan 1942|
|Commissioned||18 Apr 1942||Oblt. Konstantin von Puttkamer|
|Successes||3 ships sunk, total tonnage 19,435 GRT|
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,087 tons
Sunk 23 Feb, 1943 in the Mediterranean near Algiers, in position 36.55N, 02.25E, by depth charges from the British escort destroyers HMS Bicester, HMS Lamerton and HMS Wheatland. 48 dead (all hands lost).
Attacks on this boat
22 Oct 1942
After locating convoy ON 139 the boat attacked and sank 2 large ships (17.843 tons total) but was then counter-attacked by its escorts and held down until the convoy escaped. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 43. )
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-443 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.