List of all U-boats

U-636

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered20 Jan 1941
Laid down2 Oct 1941 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 612)
Launched25 Jun 1942
Commissioned20 Aug 1942Oblt. Hans Hildebrandt
Commanders
20 Aug 1942 - 14 Feb 1944  Kptlt. Hans Hildebrandt
15 Feb 1944 - 21 Apr 1945  Oblt. Eberhard Schendel
Career
15 patrols
20 Aug 1942-31 Mar 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Apr 1943-31 Oct 1943  11. Flottille (active service)
1 Nov 1943-21 Apr 1945  13. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 7,169 GRT
Fate

Sunk 21 April, 1945 in the North Atlantic west of Ireland, in position 55.50N, 10.31W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Bazely, HMS Drury and HMS Bentinck. 42 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-636 - View the 15 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-636 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Iller (12 May 1943 - 15 May 1943)
   Donau 1 (15 May 1943 - 26 May 1943)
   Isegrim (1 Jan 1944 - 7 Jan 1944)
   Donner (11 Apr 1944 - 20 Apr 1944)
   Donner & Keil (20 Apr 1944 - 2 May 1944)
   Trutz (28 Jun 1944 - 10 Jul 1944)
   Dachs (1 Sep 1944 - 5 Sep 1944)
   Zorn (26 Sep 1944 - 1 Oct 1944)
   Grimm (1 Oct 1944 - 2 Oct 1944)
   Panther (16 Oct 1944 - 10 Nov 1944)
   Stier (4 Dec 1944 - 15 Dec 1944)

Attacks on this boat and other events

20 Jul 1944
03.10 hrs, Norwegian Sea: a B-24 Liberator bomber (RAF Sqdn 86/B, pilot S/Ldr Terry M. Bulloch, DSO, DFC & Bar), approached under cover of fog and darkness, but was damaged by flak before being able to launch depth charges. The aircraft made it back to base on two engines after the aircrew jettisoned all surplus weight, including guns and ammunition. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

13 Dec 1944
During an air attack on U-636, the machine gun exploded, wounding four crew members.

29 Jan 1945
U-636 was shelled by a German coastal battery off Stavanger, Norway, but suffered no damage.

3 recorded attacks on this boat.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus and sailed equipped with it in March 1945 but it was of course installed prior to that date. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from the boat

13 Dec 1944
During an air attack on U-636, the machine gun exploded, wounding four crew members.

  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.


Horses

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