List of all U-boats




Ordered10 Apr 1941
Laid down25 Feb 1942 F Schichau GmbH, Danzig (werk 1535)
Launched12 Dec 1942
Commissioned20 Feb 1943Ltnt. Erich-Michael Hoffmann
20 Feb 1943 - 14 Feb 1944  Oblt. Erich-Michael Hoffmann
No patrols
20 Feb 1943-14 Feb 1944  8. Flottille (training)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sank on 14 February 1944 in the Baltic Sea off Gotenhafen, in position 54.32N, 18.36E, after a collision with the German steam merchant Erna. 22 dead and 24 survivors.

Loss position

U-738 was raised on 27 February 1944, taken to Gotenhafen and decommissioned on 3 March 1944. Used as training hulk after November 1944, towed to Neustadt in January 1945 and broken up in 1946 after being captured by British forces in May 1945.

Men lost from the boat

3 Aug 1943
Two men were lost overboard in the Baltic Sea. [Bootsmaat Heinz Richter, Matrosengefreiter Josef Häseling]

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

Media links

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel