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Ordered10 Apr 1941
Laid down28 Oct 1942 Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 309)
Launched17 Jul 1943
Commissioned8 Sep 1943Oblt. Rudolf Rademacher
8 Sep 1943 - 30 Jun 1944  Oblt. Rudolf Rademacher
1 patrol
8 Sep 1943-1 Jun 1944  5. Flottille (training)
1 Jun 1944-30 Jun 1944  3. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on 30 June 1944 in the Norwegian Sea north-east of the Faeroe Islands, in position 63.27N, 00.50W, by depth charges from a Canadian Canso (162 Sqn RCAF/A) and a British Liberator aircraft (86 Sqn RAF/E). 52 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in June 1944. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-478 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

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