List of all U-boats




Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down31 Oct 1942 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1062)
Launched11 May 1943
Commissioned19 Aug 1943Oblt. Friedrich Wittenberg
19 Aug 1943 - 7 Apr 1944  Oblt. Friedrich Wittenberg
1 patrol
19 Aug 1943-29 Feb 1944  4. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1944-7 Apr 1944  2. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on 7 April 1944 in the North Atlantic south-east of Boston, in position 40.18N, 62.22W, by depth charges from the US destroyer USS Champlin and the US destroyer escort USS Huse. 27 dead and 28 survivors.

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-856 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

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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