List of all U-boats

U-653

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered9 Oct 1939
Laid down9 Apr 1940 Howaldtswerke Hamburg AG, Hamburg (werk 802)
Launched22 Mar 1941
Commissioned25 May 1941Kptlt. Gerhard Feiler
Commanders
25 May 1941 - 30 Sep 1943  Kptlt. Gerhard Feiler (German Cross in Gold)
1 Oct 1943 - 15 Mar 1944  Oblt. Hans-Albrecht Kandler
Career
9 patrols
25 May 1941-1 Dec 1941  1. Flottille (training)
1 Dec 1941-15 Mar 1944  1. Flottille (active service)
Successes3 ships sunk, total tonnage 14,983 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 840 tons
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 9,382 GRT
Fate

Sunk 15 March 1944 in the North Atlantic, in position 53.46N, 24.35W, by depth charges from a Swordfish aircraft of the British escort carrier HMS Vindex, and by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Starling and HMS Wild Goose. 51 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 5 ships hit by U-653 - View the 9 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-653 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Pfadfinder (21 May 1942 - 27 May 1942)
   Blücher (14 Aug 1942 - 18 Aug 1942)
   Natter (2 Nov 1942 - 8 Nov 1942)
   Westwall (8 Nov 1942 - 16 Dec 1942)
   Hartherz (3 Feb 1943 - 7 Feb 1943)
   Ritter (11 Feb 1943 - 26 Feb 1943)
   Burggraf (4 Mar 1943 - 5 Mar 1943)
   Raubgraf (7 Mar 1943 - 15 Mar 1943)
   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 (23 Dec 1943 - 28 Dec 1943)
   Rügen 7 (28 Dec 1943 - 2 Jan 1944)
   Rügen 6 (2 Jan 1944 - 5 Jan 1944)
   Preussen (4 Mar 1944 - 15 Mar 1944)

Attacks on this boat and other events

18 Aug 1942
A British B-24 Liberator bomber (Sqdn 120/F) attacked U-653 near convoy SL 119 in the Atlantic west of Portugal. One man was lost when the boat dived. (There was a report that the man was saved by a British destroyer.) The boat was seriously damaged and had to limp back to base, reaching Brest, France on 30 August. [Matrosengefreiter Willi Pröhl]

2 Aug 1943
The boat was attacked east of Trinidad by an American B-24 Liberator bomber, but managed to repel the attack undamaged. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 367)

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

18 Aug 1942
A British B-24 Liberator bomber (Sqdn 120/F) attacked U-653 near convoy SL 119 in the Atlantic west of Portugal. One man was lost when the boat dived. (There was a report that the man was saved by a British destroyer.) The boat was seriously damaged and had to limp back to base, reaching Brest, France on 30 August. [Matrosengefreiter Willi Pröhl]

22 Dec 1942
A man was lost overboard at 08.10hrs in the Atlantic west of Portugal. [Bootsmaat Heinz Wendler]

13 Feb 1943
U-653 lost an officer overboard in heavy weather in the mid Atlantic south of Greenland. [Oberleutnant zur See Werner Laudon]

9 Mar 1943
A man was lost overboard. [Bootsmaat Walter Mayer]

  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.


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Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


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