U-boat fates

U-boats sunk by Allied submarines

Germans lost many U-boats to the Allied submarine forces during 1939-1945. Several of those were lost with all hands. British submarines were the busiest with 13 kills. 4 U-boats were sunk in the Far East while they served as a part of the Monsun boats there and 5 more were sunk in the Mediterranean sea.

The war at sea was only 3 months old when Germany lost its first U-boat to the British submarine arm when HMS Salmon sank the U-36 outside Kristiansund in Norway.

The U-boats would be lost at a steady rate the entire war with the last one, U-183, being sunk by the USS Besugo on April 23, 1945, only 2 weeks before the German surrender.

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Allied Warships hit by U-boats.

DateBoatCommanderTypeDead
25 Aug 1944U-18Kptlt. Karl FleigeIIB0
25 Aug 1944U-24Oblt. (R) Dieter LenzmannIIB0
4 Dec 1939U-36 *KrvKpt. Wilhelm FröhlichVIIA40
20 Aug 1940U-51 *Kptlt. Dietrich KnorrVIIB43
25 Feb 1940U-63Kptlt. Günther LorentzIIC1
28 Nov 1941U-95KrvKpt. Gerd SchreiberVIIC35
10 Aug 1941U-144 *Gert von MittelstaedtIID28
6 Oct 1944U-168Kptlt. Helmuth PichIXC/4023
23 Apr 1945U-183Kptlt. Fritz SchneewindIXC/4054
21 Jan 1943U-301Kptlt. Willy-Roderich KörnerVIIC45
21 May 1943U-303Kptlt. Karl-Franz HeineVIIC20
4 Jun 1943U-308 *Oblt. Karl MühlenpfordtVIIC44
12 Jan 1942U-374Unno von FischelVIIC42
30 Mar 1943U-416Kptlt. Christian ReichVIIC36
12 Apr 1945U-486 *Gerhard MeyerVIIC48
9 Nov 1944U-537 *Kptlt. Peter SchreweIXC/4058
28 Aug 1943U-639 *Oblt. Walter WichmannVIIC47
7 Apr 1943U-644 *Oblt. Kurt JensenVIIC45
11 Nov 1944U-771 *Helmut BlockVIIC51
23 Sep 1944U-859Kptlt. Johann JebsenIXD247
9 Feb 1945U-864 *KrvKpt. Ralf-Reimar WolframIXD273
19 Apr 1944U-974Heinz WolffVIIC42
15 Jun 1944U-987 *Hilmar-Karl SchreyerVIIC53
3 Aug 1942U-335Kptlt. Hans-Hermann PelknerVIIC43

24 boats (1046 total crews, 918 dead, 128 survivors).

* means the boat was sunk with all hands.

Map showing U-boats lost to Allied submarines

This map shows positions of U-boats sunk by Allied submarines. The map is clickable and zoom-able (with the mouse-wheel).