List of all U-boats

U-478

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered10 Apr 1941
Laid down28 Oct 1942 Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 309)
Launched17 Jul 1943
Commissioned8 Sep 1943Oblt. Rudolf Rademacher
Commanders
8 Sep 1943 - 30 Jun 1944  Oblt. Rudolf Rademacher
Career
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
Fate

Sunk 30 June 1944 north-east of the Faeroes, in position 63.27N, 00.50W, by depth charges from Canadian Canso (RCAF-Sqdn. 162/A) and British Liberator aircraft (Sqdn. 86/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