|Ordered||15 Aug 1940|
|Laid down||12 Jul 1941||Danziger Werft AG, Danzig (werk 116)|
|Launched||9 May 1942|
|Commissioned||5 Aug 1942||Oblt. Kurt Neide|
|Successes||1 ship sunk, total tonnage 4,917 GRT|
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,340 tons
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 5,486 GRT
Sunk at 0915hrs on 14 July 1944 at Brest, France, west of the torpedo-net barrier, in position 48.22N, 04.29W, by a mine in the British air-laid field Jellyfish No. 5. 2 dead, unknown number of survivors.
The capsized wreck of U-415 was raised on 21 July 1944, taken to the Clemenceau dock and cannibalized for spare parts. Scuttled inside the dock in August 1944 and broken up in 1946.
U-415 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Seeteufel (21 Mar 1943 - 30 Mar 1943)
Meise (11 Apr 1943 - 24 Apr 1943)
Coronel (4 Dec 1943 - 8 Dec 1943)
Coronel 2 (8 Dec 1943 - 14 Dec 1943)
Coronel 3 (14 Dec 1943 - 17 Dec 1943)
Borkum (18 Dec 1943 - 26 Dec 1943)
Preussen (7 Mar 1944 - 17 Mar 1944)
Attacks on this boat and other events
1 May 1943
08.20 hrs, NW of Corunna, Spain inbound: six depth charges from a British Halifax bomber (502 Sqn RAF/C, pilot F/O R. Houston) caused serious damage. (Sources: Norman Franks)
1 May 1943
11.36 hrs: an Australian Sunderland flying boat (461 Sqn RAAF/M, pilot F/Lt E.C. Smith) depth charged the boat. No damage. (Sources: Norman Franks)
1 May 1943
17.35 hrs, NW of Corunna, Spain, inbound; the boat was attacked by a British Whitley bomber (612 Sqn RAF/E, pilot F/Sgt Norman Earnshaw). She dived, and the aircraft made two runs, first dropping six depth charges with no result, then two which caused serious damage. U-415 managed to make Brest on 31 May. (Sources: Norman Franks)
14 Jun 1943
In the afternoon a British Whitley bomber (10 OTU RAF/E, pilot Sgt Manson) found a group of three outbound boats (U-159, U-415 and U-634) and sent a contact report instead of attacking. When the boats dived, the aircraft attacked, dropping four depth charges on U-415 at 15.54 hrs. No damage. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)
24 Jul 1943
While attacking a convoy off Trinidad the boat was itself attacked by a "corvette", but escaped. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 366)
30 Oct 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down: British Wellington HF205 (612 Sqn RAF/C, pilot F/O R.S. Yeadon)
05.42 hrs, Bay of Biscay north of Cape Ortegal, outbound: the Wellington made a strafing run and dropped four depth charges using the Leigh Light, but was hit by flak and crashed into the sea about 50m (55 yds) astern of U-415, killing the crew of six. Damage to U-415 forced her to return to base.(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)
5 Jan 1944
During the night a British Halifax bomber (58 Sqn RAF, pilot I.J.M. Christie) dropped six depth charges, but failed to sink the boat, which returned fire and dived to escape. U-415 arrived at Brest the following day. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 486)
9 recorded attacks on this boat.
Men lost from the boat
14 Jun 1943
In the afternoon a British Whitley bomber (10 OTU RAF/E, pilot Sgt Manson) found a group of three outbound boats (U-159, U-415 and U-634) and sent a contact report instead of attacking. When the boats dived, the aircraft attacked, dropping four depth charges on U-415 at 15.54 hrs. No damage.
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
We have 3 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Coat of Arms of Harzburg
U-boat and a Spear
Bust of a Man
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