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Ordered2 Apr 1942
Laid down16 Jun 1943 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1086)
Launched6 Jan 1944
Commissioned14 Apr 1944Kptlt. Johannes Rodig
14 Apr 1944 - 10 Apr 1945  Kptlt. Johannes Rodig
2 patrols
14 Apr 1944-31 Jan 1945  4. Flottille (training)
1 Feb 1945-10 Apr 1945  33. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk 10 April 1945 in the Bay of Biscay west of St Nazaire, France in position 47.35N, 10.33W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Vanquisher and the British corvette HMS Tintagel Castle. 51 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 2 war patrols

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat

This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in December 1944.

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-878 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.

Bunny shape

Media links

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

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