List of all U-boats




Ordered9 Oct 1939
Laid down1 Jun 1940 Howaldtswerke Hamburg AG, Hamburg (werk 803)
Launched3 May 1941
Commissioned5 Jul 1941Korvkpt. Hans-Joachim Hesse
5 Jul 1941 - 24 Nov 1941  KrvKpt. Hans-Joachim Hesse
2 Dec 1941 - 22 Aug 1942  Oblt. Ludwig Forster
4 patrols
5 Jul 1941-31 Oct 1941  5. Flottille (training)
1 Nov 1941-22 Aug 1942  1. Flottille (active service)
Successes3 ships sunk, total tonnage 17,755 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 900 tons

Sunk on 22 August 1942 in the Caribbean Sea north of Colon, in position 12.00N, 79.56W, by depth charges from a US B-18 Bolo aircraft (45th Bomb Sqn USAAF). 44 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 4 ships hit by U-654 - View the 4 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-654 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Ziethen (6 Jan 1942 - 22 Jan 1942)

Men lost from the boat

12 Jan 1942
During heavy weather in the North Atlantic a lookout on U-654 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.

White Elephant

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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

Wynn, Kenneth

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

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