List of all U-boats

U-198

Type

IXD2

 
Ordered4 Nov 1940
Laid down1 Aug 1941 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1044)
Launched15 Jun 1942
Commissioned3 Nov 1942Fregkpt. Werner Musenberg *
Commanders
3 Nov 1942 - 15 Jan 1944  Kpt. Werner Hartmann (Knights Cross)
21 Jan 1944 - 12 Aug 1944  Oblt. Burkhard Heusinger von Waldegg
Career
2 patrols
3 Nov 1942-31 Mar 1943  4. Flottille (training)
1 Apr 1943-12 Aug 1944  12. Flottille (active service)
Successes11 ships sunk, total tonnage 59,690 GRT
Fate

Sunk 12 Aug, 1944 near the Seychelles, in position 03.35S, 52.49E, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Findhorn and the Indian sloop HMIS Godavari. 66 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 11 ships hit by U-198 - View the 2 war patrols

Attacks on this boat and other events

5 Apr 1943
18.10 hrs, NE of the Cape Verde Islands: a British Sunderland aircraft (RAF Sqdn 204/H) dropped eight bombs on U-198, one of which hit the stern, but bounced off without detonating.At 20.40 hrs, the same Sunderland dropped four more bombs on the boat, again without causing damage. (Sources: Rohwer/Ritschel)

17 May 1943
Attacking a small convoy (LMD 17) the boat was depth charged by its escorts, two ASW trawlers and one aircraft, about 55 charges in all. No damage. One ship sunk. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 297)

19 May 1943
20.58 hrs: a British Catalina aircraft (RAF Sqdn 262/ J) dropped 5 bombs on the boat. No damage. The aircraft was damaged by flak and had to return to base on one engine. (Sources: Rohwer/Ritschel)

31 May 1943
A corvette escorting a small but well escorted convoy in the Indian Ocean attacked the boat and drove it very deep but without serious damage. At 19.43 hours, the boat fired at an approaching British Catalina aircraft (RAF Sqdn 262 / C) and escaped by crash-diving, but then lost the convoy. (Sources: Rohwer/Ritschel)

6 Jul 1944
Two Ventura aircraft based in South Africa attacked the boat, which opened fire with the AA guns and fought off the attack. The boat was only damaged slightly and continued its patrol. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 540)

19 Jul 1944
After the boat unsuccessfully fired torpedoes at a freighter, a corvette dropped depth charges. No damage. (Sources: Ritschel)

6 recorded attacks on this boat.

General notes on this boat

* Fregkpt. Werner Musenberg only commissioned U-198 in deputise for Fregkpt. Werner Hartmann.

Men lost from the boat

19 Jul 1944
After the boat unsuccessfully fired torpedoes at a freighter, a corvette dropped depth charges. No damage.

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

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Media links


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel