List of all U-boats

U-993

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered25 May 1941
Laid down16 Nov 1942 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 193)
Launched8 Jul 1943
Commissioned19 Aug 1943Oblt. Kurt Hilbig
Commanders
19 Aug 1943 - Aug, 1944  Oblt. Kurt Hilbig
17 Aug 1944 - 4 Oct 1944  Oblt. Karl-Heinz Steinmetz
Career
3 patrols
19 Aug 1943-29 Feb 1944  5. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1944-4 Oct 1944  3. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Destroyed in Bergen, Norway on 4 Oct, 1944 during RAF air strike. 2 dead, unknown number of survivors.

Loss position

View the 3 war patrols

Attacks on this boat and other events

17 Apr 1944
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down: British Liberator aircraft BZ945 (53 Sqdn RAF/O, pilot F/L L.M. Burton)

03.51 hrs, NW of Cape Finisterre, inbound: the B-24 strafed the boat in a Leigh Light attack and was hit by flak during the approach. It was observed to crash into the sea with one of the port engines on fire approx. 600m (1,968 ft) from the boat, exploding on impact and killing all 11 aircrew. Two depth charges and a small bomb dropped by the passing plane fell wide, causing no damage.

(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

1 Jun 1944
One man was killed in an air attack and another wounded, who died one day later (Aulich). [Maschinenobergefreiter Matthias Giefing, Mechanikergefreiter Horst Aulich]

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus and sailed equipped with it in August 1944 but it was of course installed prior to that date. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from the boat

1 Jun 1944
One man was killed in an air attack and another wounded, who died one day later (Aulich). [Maschinenobergefreiter Matthias Giefing, Mechanikergefreiter Horst Aulich]

12 Sep 1944
A man died of jaundice during a patrol in the North Atlantic. [Matrosenobergfreiter Wilhelm Lucksnat]

  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.


13 and Clover

Media links


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