List of all U-boats

U-703

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered9 Oct 1939
Laid down9 Aug 1940 H C Stülcken Sohn, Hamburg (werk 762)
Launched18 Jul 1941
Commissioned16 Oct 1941Oblt. Heinz Bielfeld
Commanders
16 Oct 1941 - 5 Jul 1943  Kptlt. Heinz Bielfeld (German Cross in Gold)
6 Jul 1943 - 16 Sep 1944  Oblt. Joachim Brünner
Career
13 patrols
16 Oct 1941-1 Mar 1942  6. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1942-30 Jun 1942  6. Flottille (active service)
1 Jul 1942-31 May 1943  11. Flottille (active service)
1 Jun 1943-16 Sep 1944  13. Flottille (active service)
Successes5 ships sunk, total tonnage 29,523 GRT
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 559 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,870 tons
Fate

Missing since 16 Sept 1944 in the Norwegian Sea between Norway and Greenland, position unknown.

There is no explanation for its loss.

54 dead (all hands lost).

See the 7 ships hit by U-703 - View the 13 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-703 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Strauchritter (2 May 1942 - 5 May 1942)
   Greif (16 May 1942 - 29 May 1942)
   Trägertod (19 Sep 1942 - 22 Sep 1942)
   Wiking (20 Sep 1943 - 3 Oct 1943)
   Taifun (5 Mar 1944 - 7 Mar 1944)
   Donner (11 Apr 1944 - 20 Apr 1944)
   Donner & Keil (20 Apr 1944 - 3 May 1944)
   Trutz (22 Aug 1944 - 6 Sep 1944)

Attacks on this boat and other events

1 Mar 1944
During an air attack the boat suffered 3 dead and 3 wounded. The damaged boat reached Narvik, Norway two days later. [Funkobermaat Paul Kretschmar (died on 7 March), Bootsmaat Erich Junker Maschinengefreiter Heinz Schade].

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

29 Mar 1942
One crew member on U-703 was badly injured in an accident off Heligoland.

1 Mar 1944
During an air attack the boat suffered 3 dead and 3 wounded. The damaged boat reached Narvik, Norway two days later. [Funkobermaat Paul Kretschmar (died on 7 March), Bootsmaat Erich Junker Maschinengefreiter Heinz Schade].

  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.


Sailing Ship

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


U-Boats at War

Showell, Jak P. Mallmann


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


Related page:
U-boats Missing in Action.