List of all U-boats




Ordered13 Apr 1940
Laid down10 Feb 1941 F Schichau GmbH, Danzig (werk 1498)
Launched31 Jan 1942
Commissioned18 Apr 1942Oblt. Konstantin von Puttkamer
18 Apr 1942 - 23 Feb 1943  Kptlt. Konstantin von Puttkamer
3 patrols
18 Apr 1942-30 Sep 1942  8. Flottille (training)
1 Oct 1942-31 Dec 1942  9. Flottille (active service)
1 Jan 1943-23 Feb 1943  29. Flottille (active service)
Successes3 ships sunk, total tonnage 19,435 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,087 tons

Sunk on 23 February 1943 in the Mediterranean Sea north-west of Algiers, in position 36.55N, 02.25E, by depth charges from the British escort destroyers HMS Bicester, HMS Lamerton and HMS Wheatland. 48 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 4 ships hit by U-443 - View the 3 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-443 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Panther (11 Oct 1942 - 16 Oct 1942)
   Puma (16 Oct 1942 - 29 Oct 1942)

Attacks on this boat and other events

22 Oct 1942
After locating convoy ON 139 the boat attacked and sank two large ships (17,843 tons total), but was then counter-attacked by escorts and held down until the convoy escaped. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 43. )

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

9 Oct 1942
During very bad weather in the North Atlantic a lookout broke his arm.

  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.

Blue Dragon

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

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