List of all U-boats

U-676

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down13 Jun 1942 Howaldtswerke Hamburg AG, Hamburg (werk 825)
Launched6 Jul 1943
Commissioned4 Aug 1943Oblt. Werner Sass
Commanders
4 Aug 1943 - 12 Feb 1945  Kptlt. Werner Sass
Career
2 patrols
4 Aug 1943-31 Aug 1944  5. Flottille (training)
1 Sep 1944-12 Feb 1945  8. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Sunk after 12 Feb 1945 in the Gulf of Finland south of Hanko, in approximate position 59.30N, 23.00E, by a mine in the barrage Vantaa 3 laid by the Finnish minelayers Louhi and Routsinsalmi on 12 Jan 1945. 57 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 2 war patrols

Wreck of U-676 and U-745 discovered

In late 2012 the Finnish diving team 'Badewanne', after 10 years of searching, reported they had found both U-676 and U-745 in the Gulf of Finland south of Hanko. Both boats went missing in early 1945 with all hands lost. The boats were apparently lost in the mine barrage Vantaa 3 laid by the Finnish minelayers Louhi and Routsinsalmi on 12 Jan 1945.

Information on Finnish mine laying operations (external site)

Documentation from National Geographic about the discovery of U-676 and U-745 (in German).

Attacks on this boat and other events

5 Oct 1944

The boat claimed two Soviet planes (an Il-2 and a Pe-2) shot down near Ösel island in the Baltic. The U-boat was acting as a convoy flak escort.

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-676 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.


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