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Ordered14 Feb 1940
Laid down12 May 1941 Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 312)
Launched16 Dec 1941
Commissioned21 Feb 1942Korvkpt. Gerhard Wiebe
10 Mar 1942 - 23 Jun 1943  KrvKpt. Gerhard Wiebe
11 May 1942 - 27 May 1942  KrvKpt. Hans Pauckstadt
24 Jun 1943 - 30 Jun 1943  Kptlt. Herbert Kuppisch (Knights Cross)
1 Jul 1943 - Dec, 1944  Kptlt. Hans-Rutger Tillessen (German Cross in Gold)
Dec, 1944 - 14 May 1945  Oblt. Friedrich Petran
6 patrols
10 Mar 1942-31 Aug 1942  4. Flottille (training)
1 Sep 1942-30 Sep 1944  10. Flottille (active service)
1 Oct 1944-8 May 1945  33. Flottille (active service)
Successes16 ships sunk, total tonnage 89,385 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 9,687 GRT

Surrendered at Loch Eriboll, Scotland on 14 May 1945.

Later transferred to Lisahally.

Operation Deadlight (post-war Allied operation, info)
Sunk on 2 Jan, 1946 in position 56.06N, 09.00W.

Final location

See the 17 ships hit by U-516 - View the 6 war patrols

Attacks on this boat and other events

19 Dec 1943
An unidentified aircraft attacked off Trinidad in the Caribbean, causing enough damage for the boat to seek fuel and assistance from other boats in the area and return to base. U-516 reached port on 26 Feb. 1944. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 462)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat

This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus and sailed equipped with it in April 1945 but it was of course installed prior to that date.

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

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-516 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.

10th Flotilla

Media links

The Grey Wolves of Eriboll

David M. Hird

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth

The Royal Navy and German Naval Disarmament, 1942-1947

Madsen, Chris
($ 58.77)

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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