List of all U-boats

U-533

Type

IXC/40

 
Ordered10 Apr 1941
Laid down17 Feb 1942 Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 351)
Launched11 Sep 1942
Commissioned25 Nov 1942Oblt. Helmut Henning
Commanders
25 Nov 1942 - 16 Oct 1943  Kptlt. Helmut Hennig
Career
2 patrols
25 Nov 1942-30 Apr 1943  4. Flottille (training)
1 May 1943-16 Oct 1943  10. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Sunk 16 Oct 1943 in the Gulf of Oman, in position 25.28N, 56.50E, by depth charges from a British Bisley (Blenheim) aircraft (Sqdn. 244/O). 52 dead and 1 survivor.

Loss position

View the 2 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-533 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Star (27 Apr 1943 - 4 May 1943)
   Fink (4 May 1943 - 6 May 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

25 Apr 1943
The boat was attacked by an American PBY-5A Catalina of VP-84/P-5. Three of U-533´s gun crew were injured by .30 cal. gunfire. (Bootsmaat Buttkus, Matrosengefreiter Ludwig and Matrosengefreiter Fekken). All recovered from their wounds to return to active service. Buttkus and Ludwig both perished when U-533 was sunk in October 1943.

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

25 Apr 1943
The boat was attacked by an American PBY-5A Catalina of VP-84/P-5. Three of U-533´s gun crew were injured by .30 cal. gunfire. (Bootsmaat Buttkus, Matrosengefreiter Ludwig and Matrosengefreiter Fekken). All recovered from their wounds to return to active service. Buttkus and Ludwig both perished when U-533 was sunk in October 1943.

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Castle and King

Media links


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel