List of all U-boats




Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down19 Dec 1942 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 682)
Launched7 Oct 1943
Commissioned6 Nov 1943Oblt. Bernhard Emde
6 Nov 1943 - 31 Oct 1944  Oblt. Bernhard Emde
1 Nov 1944 - 16 Jan 1945  Oblt. Johann-Friedrich Loos
2 patrols
6 Nov 1943-31 Jul 1944  5. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1944-31 Oct 1944  9. Flottille (active service)
1 Nov 1944-16 Jan 1945  11. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on 16 January 1945 in the North Atlantic north of the Azores, in position 47.43N, 26.37W, by depth charges from the US destroyer escorts USS Hayter, USS Otter, USS Varian and USS Hubbard. 47 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 2 war patrols

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat

This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in June 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-248 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

Media links

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

As an Amazon Associate earns a commission from qualifying purchases.