List of all U-boats

U-804

Type

IXC/40

 
Ordered7 Dec 1940
Laid down1 Dec 1942 Deutsche Schiff und Maschinenbau AG, Bremen (werk 362)
Launched1 Apr 1943
Commissioned4 Dec 1943Oblt. Herbert Meyer
Commanders
4 Dec 1943 - 9 Apr 1945  Oblt. Herbert Meyer
Career
2 patrols
4 Dec 1943-30 Jun 1944  4. Flottille (training)
1 Jul 1944-30 Sep 1944  10. Flottille (active service)
1 Oct 1944-9 Apr 1945  33. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,300 tons
Fate

Sunk on 9 April 1945 in the Kattegat north-west of Gothenburg, in position 57.58N, 11.15E, by rockets from 13 British Mosquito aircraft (143 Sqn RAF/Z,X,W,N,Q,J & 235 Sqn RAF/H,S,R,D & 248 Sqn RAF/N,Z,L). 55 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-804 - View the 2 war patrols

Attacks on this boat and other events

16 Jun 1944
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down: Norwegian Mosquito FB Mk.VI HP860 (333 Sqn RAF/R, pilot Lt Jacob M. Jacobsen)

The aircraft was on anti-submarine patrol and attacked U-804 at 2259hrs west of Bergen, but was hit by AA fire and forced to ditch 13 minutes later. Eight men from U-804 were wounded in the action. The two aircrew were rescued by U-1000 at 0215hrs on 18 June and taken to Norway for interrogation.

2 Aug 1944
An American hunter-killer group sent to destroy U-804 found her today. U-804 sank the destroyer USS Fiske, eluded the rest of the group and continued on patrol. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 595)

9 Apr 1945
While en route from Norway to Kiel U-804 and U-1065 were attacked by Mosquitos of the RAF Banff Strike Wing under the command of Sqn. Ldr. H.H.K. Gunnis, DFC. Both boats exploded, leaving no survivors. Four aircraft were hit by flying debris, one being destroyed and the other three forced to land in Sweden. U-843 was also sunk in the same sortie. 44 dead and 12 survivors. (Sources: http://www.scotshistoryonline.co.uk/sorties.html)

3 recorded attacks on this boat.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in October 1944. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from the boat

16 Jun 1944
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:
Norwegian Mosquito FB Mk.VI HP860 (333 Sqn RAF/R, pilot Lt Jacob M. Jacobsen)

The aircraft was on anti-submarine patrol and attacked U-804 at 2259hrs west of Bergen, but was hit by AA fire and forced to ditch 13 minutes later. Eight men from U-804 were wounded in the action. The two aircrew were rescued by U-1000 at 0215hrs on 18 June and taken to Norway for interrogation.

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


Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


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