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Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down30 Mar 1943 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 689)
Launched9 Mar 1944
Commissioned8 Apr 1944Oblt. Rudolf Meyer
8 Apr 1944 - 23 Apr 1945  Oblt. Rudolf Meyer (German Cross in Gold)
2 patrols
8 Apr 1944-30 Nov 1944  5. Flottille (training)
1 Dec 1944-23 Apr 1945  11. Flottille (active service)
Successes4 ships sunk, total tonnage 19,413 GRT

Missing since 23 April 1945 in the North Atlantic or the English Channel. No explanation exists for its loss. 49 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, April 1991).

Loss position

See the 4 ships hit by U-1055 - View the 2 war patrols

U-1055 sent its last radio message on 23 April 1945 from approx. position 52.21N, 10.45W while en route to its operational area in the English Channel. It was posted as missing when it failed to return to Norway or signal its position after the cessation of hostilities.

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk on 30 April, 1945 in the Bay of Biscay west of Brest, France in approximate position 48.00N, 06.30W, by US depth charges from a Catalina aircraft (VPB-63). (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack resulted in the sinking of U-1107.

Attacks on this boat and other events

6 Apr 1945
Norwegian motor torpedo boats HNoMS MTB-719 and HNoMS MTB-715 claimed a U-boat sunk in Hjeltenfjord, north of Bergen, Norway. U-1055, however, escaped unscathed. (Sources: Klart til kamp, Helge Storm Bjercke (1954) & Axel Niestlé)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat

This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in November 1944.

Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-1055 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

Media links

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

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