List of all U-boats

U-628

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered15 Aug 1940
Laid down7 Aug 1941 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 604)
Launched29 Apr 1942
Commissioned25 Jun 1942Oblt. Heinrich Hasenschar
Commanders
25 Jun 1942 - 3 Jul 1943  Kptlt. Heinrich Hasenschar (German Cross in Gold)
Career
4 patrols
25 Jun 1942-30 Nov 1942  5. Flottille (training)
1 Dec 1942-3 Jul 1943  1. Flottille (active service)
Successes4 ships sunk, total tonnage 21,765 GRT
3 ships damaged, total tonnage 20,450 GRT
Fate

Sunk 3 July 1943 north-west of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 44.11N, 08.45W, by depth charges from a British B-24 Liberator aircraft (Sqdn. 224/J). 49 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 7 ships hit by U-628 - View the 4 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-628 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Ungestüm (11 Dec 1942 - 30 Dec 1942)
   Hartherz (3 Feb 1943 - 7 Feb 1943)
   Ritter (11 Feb 1943 - 26 Feb 1943)
   Without name (15 Apr 1943 - 18 Apr 1943)
   Specht (19 Apr 1943 - 4 May 1943)
   Fink (4 May 1943 - 6 May 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

3 Jul 1943
The sinking of U-628 14.05 hrs, NW of Cape Ortegal, outbound: British Liberator FL963 (RAF Sqdn 224/J, pilot S/L P.J. Cundy, DFC) dropped 18 35lb A/S bombs on an initial attack run (the first use of this new weapon), then followed up with four depth charges. Survivors were seen in the water after U-628 sank, but none were rescued. Despite flak hits to a fuel tank and the fin, rudder and starboard wing, the aircraft returned to St. Eval to make a safe landing. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-628 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.


Gauntlet

Media links


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

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay