List of all U-boats




Ordered25 Jan 1939
Laid down28 Mar 1940 Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 6)
Launched7 Dec 1940
Commissioned15 Feb 1941Kptlt. Adolf Dumrese
15 Feb 1941 - Jul, 1941  Kptlt. Adolf Dumrese
Jul, 1941 - Feb, 1942  Oblt. Kurt Makowski
Feb, 1942 - 30 Jun 1942  Kptlt. Max Bernd Dieterich
1 Jul 1942 - Nov, 1942  Kptlt. Ernst Ziehm
Nov, 1942 - 16 May 1943  Kptlt. Helmut Sommer (German Cross in Gold)
17 May 1943 - 26 Nov 1944   Wilhelm Eisele
27 Nov 1944 - 16 Apr 1945  Oblt. Horst Dieter Hübsch
No patrols
15 Feb 1941-28 Feb 1945  22. Flottille (school boat)
1 Mar 1945-16 Apr 1945  4. Flottille (str-b)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk at 2150hrs on 16 April 1945 at the ferry quay in Pillau by artillery fire from the Soviet Army, while being used as electricity generation plant.

Loss position

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-78 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.


Media links

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

There was another U-78 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 27 Feb 1916 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 20 Apr 1916. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 78 during WWI.