|Ordered||30 Oct 1939|
|Laid down||4 Jul 1940||Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 284)|
|Launched||30 Apr 1941|
|Commissioned||26 Jun 1941||Kptlt. Gert Hetschko|
|Successes||9 ships sunk, total tonnage 23,289 GRT|
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 835 tons
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 16,610 GRT
1 warship a total loss, total tonnage 1,705 tons
Sunk 21 May, 1944 in the Ionian Sea north-east of Cape Spartivento, in position 38.13N, 16.30E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Termagent and HMS Tenacious and the escort destroyer HMS Liddesdale. 1 dead and 51 survivors.
Attacks on this boat and other events
12 Dec 1942
U-453 sustained so much damage during a depth charge attack in the Mediterranean that she was forced to return to base.
24 Apr 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down: British Hudson bomber AM781 (RAF Sqdn 500/N, pilot W/O R. Obee)
00.12 hrs: the Hudson illuminated the boat with flares after obtaining a radar contact off Oran and then attacked. The aircraft was hit by flak during the initial strafing run, killing the pilot. No depth charges were released as the nose gunner struggled to save the aircraft (misidentified as a Hampden) from crashing. The navigator then flew the aircraft to base at Tafaraoui, where the surviving four aircrew bailed out and allowed it to crash because they were unable to land safely.This aircraft was formerly credited with sinking U-602 in this action, but the actual target, U-453, far from being sunk, escaped unscathed.(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)
4 Feb 1944
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:South African Ventura bomber 565 (SAAF Sqdn 17/Y, pilot Lt A. de Jong)
19.44 hrs, S of Cyprus: the Ventura (misidentified as a Mosquito) made a first attack using the Leigh Light, then dropped four bombs in a second attack, but the port engine caught fire after being hit by flak and the aircraft was seen by the Germans to crash into the sea about 1000m away, killing all four aircrew. The bombs landed off the port side, causing no damage. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)
3 recorded attacks on this boat.
Men lost from the boat
13 Oct 1942
One man was killed and three wounded in an accident with the machine gun. [Matrosengefreiter Horst Saupe + on 13th Oct., Steuermannsgefreiter Helmut Lorenz died 2 months later]
24 Feb 1944
During test firing of the machine gun at base in Salamis, Greece, two men (not U-453 crew) were killed .
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
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