|Ordered||10 Apr 1941|
|Laid down||25 Feb 1942||F Schichau GmbH, Danzig (werk 1535)|
|Launched||12 Dec 1942|
|Commissioned||20 Feb 1943||Ltnt. Erich-Michael Hoffmann|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sank on 14 February 1944 in the Baltic Sea off Gotenhafen, in position 54.32N, 18.36E, after a collision with the German steam merchant Erna. 22 dead and 24 survivors.
U-738 was raised on 27 February 1944, taken to Gotenhafen and decommissioned on 3 March 1944. Used as training hulk after November 1944, towed to Neustadt in January 1945 and broken up in 1946 after being captured by British forces in May 1945.Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.
Men lost from the boat
3 Aug 1943
Two men were lost overboard in the Baltic Sea. [Bootsmaat Heinz Richter, Matrosengefreiter Josef Häseling]
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -