List of all U-boats

U-626

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered15 Aug 1940
Laid down28 Jul 1941 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 602)
Launched15 Apr 1942
Commissioned11 Jun 1942Ltnt. Hans-Botho Bade
Commanders
11 Jun 1942 - 14 Dec 1942  Ltn. Hans-Botho Bade
Career
1 patrol
11 Jun 1942-31 Oct 1942  5. Flottille (training)
1 Nov 1942-14 Dec 1942  6. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Missing since 14 December 1942 in the North Atlantic south of Iceland. There is no explanation for its loss. 47 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, January 2006).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

U-626 sent its last radio message in the morning of 14 December 1942 from the approx. position 58.40N, 20.00W and was posted as missing after failing to report its position on 16 December 1942.

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk 15 Dec 1942 in the North Atlantic, in position 56.46N, 27.12W, by depth charges from the US Coast Guard cutter USCGC Ingham.
    Notes. This atttack took place about 200 nautical miles from where the boat was supposed to be and there is no conclusive evidence that they were even carried out against a U-boat.

General notes on this boat

2 Sep 1942. During training in the Baltic Sea U-626 collided with U-222 which sank west of Pillau, in position 54.25N, 19.30E.

8 Dec 1942. U-626 left her base at Bergen, Norway, on 8 Dec, 1942 for her maiden patrol.

She was one of two operational U-boats to have a commander who was only Leutnant zur See (the other was U-155 in 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-626 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Star

Africa

Media links


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


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

Wynn, Kenneth


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay


Bloody Winter

Waters, John M.