List of all U-boats

U-2503

Type

XXI

 
Ordered6 Nov 1943
Laid down2 May 1944 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 2503)
Launched29 Jun 1944
Commissioned1 Aug 1944Oblt. Raimund Tiesler
Commanders
1 Aug 1944 - 25 Oct 1944   Raimund Tiesler
26 Oct 1944 - 11 Nov 1944  Kptlt. Richard Becker (German Cross in Gold)
12 Nov 1944 - 4 May 1945  Kptlt. Karl-Jürg Wächter (German Cross in Gold)
Career
No patrols
1 Aug 1944-1 Apr 1945  31. Flottille (training)
1 Apr 1945-4 May 1945  11. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

The boat was on its way to Norway on 3 May 45 when it was caught on the surface by Beaufighters of the Banff Strike Wing (236 and 254 Sqdn RAF) while in the Great Belt near Ömo Light Tower. It was hit at least by one rocket, causing severe damage in the CT area and killing several of the crew including the CO. Badly burning, the boat was beached off Ömo with the remaining crew landed ashore. On the next day the wreck was blown up.

Scuttled on 4 May 1945 in position 55.09N, 11.08E at 0512 hrs.

13 dead, unknown number of survivors.

Final location

Attacks on this boat and other events

3 May 1945
A rocket from a Beaufighter aircraft penetrated the control room, killing the commander and twelve of the crew. U-2503 was scuttled the following day.

1 recorded attack on this boat.

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

Men lost from the boat

3 May 1945
A rocket from a Beaufighter aircraft penetrated the control room, killing the commander and twelve of the crew. U-2503 was scuttled the following day.

  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