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Ordered9 Oct 1939
Laid down3 Jan 1940 Kriegsmarinewerft (KMW), Wilhelmshaven (werk 136)
Launched26 Apr 1941
Commissioned18 Jun 1941Korvkpt. Alfred Manhardt von Mannstein
18 Jun 1941 - 13 May 1943  FrgKpt. Alfred Manhardt von Mannstein
7 patrols
18 Jun 1941-30 Nov 1941  3. Flottille (training)
1 Dec 1941-13 May 1943  3. Flottille (active service)
Successes3 ships sunk, total tonnage 23,117 GRT
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 6,908 GRT

Sunk 13 May 1943 in the North Atlantic, in position 48.37N, 22.39W, by depth charges from the Canadian corvette HMCS Drumheller, the British frigate HMS Lagan and depth charges from a Canadian Sunderland aircraft (RCAF Sqdn. 423/G). 47 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, June 1984).

Loss position

See the 5 ships hit by U-753 - View the 7 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-753 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Schlei (19 Jan 1942 - 24 Jan 1942)
   Westwall (2 Mar 1942 - 12 Mar 1942)
   Luchs (27 Sep 1942 - 6 Oct 1942)
   Panther (6 Oct 1942 - 16 Oct 1942)
   Puma (16 Oct 1942 - 22 Oct 1942)
   Natter (2 Nov 1942 - 8 Nov 1942)
   Kreuzotter (8 Nov 1942 - 24 Nov 1942)
   Hartherz (3 Feb 1943 - 7 Feb 1943)
   Ritter (11 Feb 1943 - 26 Feb 1943)
   Drossel (11 May 1943 - 13 May 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

26 Jan 1942
The boat escaped with only minor damage after being rammed by a British escort in the Atlantic west of Ireland.

2 Jun 1942
11.03 hrs, off Nuevitas, Cuba: the boat attempted to shell the American steam merchantman Domino (3,170 GRT) with the AA gun, but it jammed on firing the first round. The freighter immediately returned fire with her 4in stern gun, and U-753 was lucky to escape without damage by diving. Domino fired three rounds, and claimed one hit. (Sources: KTB U-753/ONO OP-414)

13 May 1943
The sinking of U-753

08.30 hrs, mid Atlantic: the boat was sighted by a Canadian Sunderland flying boat (RCAF Sqdn 423/G, pilot F/L J. Musgrave) ten miles from convoy HX 237. Flak from U-753 prevented a depth charge attack, so the Sunderland shadowed the boat for the next 20 minutes, firing approx. 2,000 rounds and being hit by once by flak. HMCS Drumheller then forced the boat to dive with gunfire and the Sunderland immediately dropped two depth charges ahead of the diving point. A Swordfish aircraft from the British escort carrier HMS Biter arrived and marked the spot with smoke markers. The corvette was soon joined by HMS Lagan, and together they sank U-753 by depth charging.

(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

3 recorded attacks 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-753 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

Skull and Crossbones

Media links

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

Torpedoes in the Gulf

Wiggins, Melanie