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 on 15 March 1944 in the North Atlantic west of Ireland, in position 53.46N, 24.35W, by depth charges from a Swordfish aircraft (825 Sqn FAA/A) of the British escort carrier HMS Vindex and 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 (Sqdn 120/F) attacked U-653 near convoy SL 119 in the Atlantic west of Portugal. One man was lost when the boat dived. (although 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 on 30 August. [Matrosengefreiter Willi Pröhl]

2 Aug 1943
The boat was attacked east of Trinidad by an American B-24 Liberator, but managed to repel the attack without being hit herself. (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 (Sqdn 120/F) attacked U-653 near convoy SL 119 in the Atlantic west of Portugal. One man was lost when the boat dived. (although 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 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