List of all U-boats




Ordered2 Apr 1942
Laid down9 Apr 1943 Danziger Werft AG, Danzig (werk 141)
Launched2 Oct 1943
Commissioned9 Feb 1944Oblt. Heinz Goldbeck
9 Feb 1944 - 29 Mar 1945  Oblt. (R) Heinz Goldbeck
1 patrol
9 Feb 1944-31 Jan 1945  8. Flottille (training)
1 Feb 1945-29 Mar 1945  11. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on 29 March 1945 in the English Channel south of Lizard Point, in position 49.58N, 05.25W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Duckworth. 49 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, January 1991).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk by a mine explosion observed from the A/S trawler HMT Willow on 5 April in position 52.03N, 05.53W. (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This was actually U-242's last dying gasp.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat

This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus and sailed equipped with it in February 1945 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

23 Apr 1944
During the Baltic exercises the boat lost one man off Pillau. [Matrosengefreiter Alfred Friedl]

11 Oct 1944
Two men were killed and one wounded when a torpedo exploded on board.

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

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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