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Ordered16 Jan 1940
Laid down3 Sep 1940 Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 287)
Launched21 Jun 1941
Commissioned18 Sep 1941Oblt. Max-Martin Teichert
18 Sep 1941 - 12 May 1943  Kptlt. Max-Martin Teichert (Knights Cross)
11 patrols
18 Sep 1941-1 Jan 1942  6. Flottille (training)
1 Jan 1942-30 Jun 1942  6. Flottille (active service)
1 Jul 1942-30 Nov 1942  11. Flottille (active service)
1 Dec 1942-12 May 1943  1. Flottille (active service)
Successes6 ships sunk, total tonnage 31,528 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 6,421 GRT
1 warship damaged, total tonnage 11,500 tons

Sank in an diving accident on 12 May 1943 in the North Atlantic north of the Azores, in position 46.39N, 26.54W, while facing the British destroyer HMS Opportune after being badly damaged by a Fido homing torpedo from a British Liberator aircraft (86 Sqn RAF/B). 49 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, October 1989).

Loss position

See the 8 ships hit by U-456 - View the 11 war patrols

The loss of U-456
Kptlt. Max Teichert was on the surface when the destroyer HMS Opportune was summoned to the scene by the Liberator aircraft who had just delivered a crippling blow to the U-boat. He decided to take a chance and dive to evade capture but the boat almost certainly sank immediately to the ocean floor, taking the entire crew with it.

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk 13 May, 1943, in the North Atlantic, in position 48.37N, 22.39W, by the Canadian corvette HMCS Drumheller and the British frigate HMS Lagan and depth charges from a Canadian Sunderland aircraft (Sqdn G/423). (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack instead sank the U-753.

Wolfpack operations

U-456 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Umbau (4 Feb 1942 - 15 Feb 1942)
   Umhang (10 Mar 1942 - 16 Mar 1942)
   Eiswolf (29 Mar 1942 - 31 Mar 1942)
   Robbenschlag (7 Apr 1942 - 14 Apr 1942)
   Blutrausch (15 Apr 1942 - 19 Apr 1942)
   Strauchritter (29 Apr 1942 - 3 May 1942)
   Eisteufel (27 Jun 1942 - 5 Jul 1942)
   Boreas (27 Nov 1942 - 30 Nov 1942)
   Landsknecht (19 Jan 1943 - 28 Jan 1943)
   Drossel (29 Apr 1943 - 12 May 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

30 Mar 1942
18.13 hrs: the boat was surprised by a Soviet aircraft in bad visibility off Kildin Island. U-456 evaded five bombs and escaped undamaged by crash diving. (Sources: Ritschel)

6 May 1943
After attacking convoy SL 128 west of Porto, Portugal, the boat was seriously damaged by depth charges or bombs, but was able to repair the damage and continue the patrol. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 296)

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

General notes on this boat

30 Apr 1942. The Sinking of HMS Edinburgh
During the battle of convoy QP 11, two torpedoes from U-456 severely damaged the British cruiser HMS Edinburgh (11,500 tons) on 30 April 1942. She was disabled and under tow to Kola Fjord when she was attacked by three German destroyers, Hermann Schoemann, Z 24 and Z 25, and hit by another torpedo from Z-24. She was then scuttled by a final torpedo from the British destroyer HMS Foresight to prevent possible capture.

The Edinburgh was loaded with Russian bullion as payment for war aid from the British government. The gold was later raised from the wreck.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-456 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.

Dice in Circle

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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, Vol II

Blair, Clay

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

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