List of all U-boats

U-544

Type

IXC/40

 
Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down8 Jul 1942 Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 365)
Launched17 Feb 1943
Commissioned5 May 1943Kptlt. Willy Mattke
Commanders
5 May 1943 - 16 Jan 1944  KrvKpt. Willy Mattke
Career
1 patrol
5 May 1943-31 Oct 1943  4. Flottille (training)
1 Nov 1943-16 Jan 1944  10. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Sunk 16 Jan, 1944 in the North Atlantic north-west of the Azores, in position 40.30N, 37.20W, by depth charges and rockets from Avenger aircraft (VC-13) of the US escort carrier USS Guadalcanal. 57 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

Wolfpack operations

U-544 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Coronel (4 Dec 1943 - 8 Dec 1943)
   Coronel 1 (8 Dec 1943 - 14 Dec 1943)
   Coronel 2 (14 Dec 1943 - 17 Dec 1943)
   Föhr (18 Dec 1943 - 23 Dec 1943)
   Rügen 6 (26 Dec 1943 - 31 Dec 1943)

General notes on this boat

You can read about the attack on the U-544 on our USS Guadalcanal pages, chapter 3.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-544 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

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


Man with U-boat

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