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Ordered26 Oct 1939
Laid down4 May 1940 Flensburger Schiffsbau-Ges, Flensburg (werk 474)
Launched5 Jul 1941
Commissioned29 Oct 1941Kptlt. Günter La Baume
29 Oct 1941 - 1 Apr 1944  KrvKpt. Günter La Baume
9 patrols
29 Oct 1941-30 Jun 1942  5. Flottille (training)
1 Jul 1942-1 Apr 1944  11. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 5,082 GRT

Missing since 1 April 1944 in the Norwegian Sea south-west of Bear Island. There is no explanation for its loss. 52 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, January 1997).

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-355 - View the 9 war patrols

U-355 reported for the last time on 1 April 1944 from approximate position 73.03N, 13.10E while in pursuit of convoy JW-58. It was posted missing on 4 April 1944 after it repeatedly failed to report its position.

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk 1 April, 1944 in the Barents Sea southwest of Bear Island, Norway, in position 73.07N, 10.21E, by depth charges from an Avenger aircraft (Sqdn. 846/H) from the British escort carrier HMS Tracker and the British destroyer HMS Beagle. (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack was in fact against the U-673 inflicting medium damage.

Wolfpack operations

U-355 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Eisteufel (21 Jun 1942 - 9 Jul 1942)
   Nebelkönig (27 Jul 1942 - 14 Aug 1942)
   Eisbär (27 Mar 1943 - 15 Apr 1943)
   Monsun (19 Oct 1943 - 21 Oct 1943)
   Blitz (26 Mar 1944 - 4 Apr 1944)

Attacks on this boat and other events

1 Apr 1944
Rockets from an Avenger aircraft caused minor damage.

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-355 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

Horseshoe and 13

Media links

U-Boats at War

Showell, Jak P. Mallmann
($ 35.50)

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

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