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Ordered15 Aug 1940
Laid down1 Mar 1941 Kriegsmarinewerft (KMW), Wilhelmshaven (werk 149)
Launched29 May 1943
Commissioned30 Jul 1943Oblt. Hans-Dietrich Wilke
30 Jul 1943 - 24 Aug 1944  Oblt. (R) Hans-Dietrich Wilke
5 patrols
30 Jul 1943-29 Feb 1944  8. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1944-24 Aug 1944  6. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Decommissioned on 24 August 1944 at La Pallice and laid up in the U-boat pen as the boat was unseaworthy due to battle damage.

Captured by French forces in May 1945.

Post war information (see more post-war boats):
Became the French submarine Laubie in 1947. Stricken on 11 March, 1963 as Q335. Broken up.

View the 5 war patrols

Attacks on this boat and other events

14 Aug 1944

A Canadian Wellington (Sqdn 407/E) was shot down on the Brest - La Pallice route.

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-766 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 3 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

6th Flotilla

Hanging Shield

Aircraft shot down

Media links

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

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