List of all U-boats




Ordered28 May 1940
Laid down25 Nov 1940 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1017)
Launched1 Oct 1941
Commissioned14 Mar 1942Kptlt. Wilhelm Schulze
14 Mar 1942 - 23 Mar 1943  KrvKpt. Wilhelm Schulze
24 Mar 1942 - 16 Oct 1943  KrvKpt. Robert Gysae (Knights Cross)
17 Oct 1943 - 6 Feb 1944  KrvKpt. Heinz Buchholz
3 patrols
14 Mar 1942-30 Sep 1942  4. Flottille (training)
1 Oct 1942-30 Nov 1942  10. Flottille (active service)
1 Dec 1942-6 Feb 1944  12. Flottille (active service)
Successes14 ships sunk, total tonnage 87,388 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 2,588 GRT

Sunk 6 Feb 1944 in the South Atlantic west of Ascension Island, in position 10.35S, 23.15W, by depth charges from a US Liberator aircraft (VB-107/B-3). 50 dead and 15 survivors.

Loss position

See the 15 ships hit by U-177 - View the 3 war patrols

Attacks on this boat and other events

23 Sep 1942
13.30 hrs, SE of Iceland: the boat was bombed by a twin-engined aircraft as it was diving. The bomb caused no damage.

6 Jun 1943
While tailing a convoy off the SW coast of Africa in heavy fog, the boat suddenly found itself revealed amidst the convoy and rapidly came under fire from the convoy ships. A Canadian Catalina flying boat (413 Sqn RCAF) also dropped three bombs on the boat, which narrowly escaped. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 301)

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

23 Sep 1942
On 23 Sept at 06.05 hrs a man was lost overboard. [Bootsmannmaat Erwin Henning]

  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.

Media links

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Dark Sky, Deep Water

Franks, Norman

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

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