List of all U-boats

U-203

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered23 Sep 1939
Laid down28 Mar 1940 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 632)
Launched4 Jan 1941
Commissioned18 Feb 1941Kptlt. Rolf Mützelburg (Oak Leaves)
Commanders
18 Feb 1941 - 11 Sep 1942  Kptlt. Rolf Mützelburg (Knights Cross)
11 Sep 1942 - 20 Sep 1942  Oblt. Hans Seidel
21 Sep 1942 - 25 Apr 1943  Kptlt. Hermann Kottmann
Career
11 patrols
18 Feb 1941-1 May 1941  1. Flottille (training)
1 May 1941-25 Apr 1943  1. Flottille (active service)
Successes21 ships sunk, total tonnage 94,270 GRT
3 ships damaged, total tonnage 17,052 GRT
Fate

Sunk 25 April 1943 south of Cape Farewell, Greenland, in position 55.05N, 42.25W, by depth charges from Swordfish aircraft off the British escort carrier HMS Biter (Sqdn 811/L) and by the British destroyer HMS Pathfinder. 10 dead and 38 survivors.

Loss position

See the 24 ships hit by U-203 - View the 11 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-203 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Schlagetot (20 Oct 1941 - 1 Nov 1941)
   Raubritter (1 Nov 1941 - 5 Nov 1941)
   Seydlitz (27 Dec 1941 - 7 Jan 1942)
   Ziethen (7 Jan 1942 - 22 Jan 1942)
   Iltis (6 Sep 1942 - 10 Sep 1942)
   Streitaxt (20 Oct 1942 - 30 Oct 1942)
   Raufbold (11 Dec 1942 - 22 Dec 1942)
   Spitz (22 Dec 1942 - 31 Dec 1942)
   Lerche (10 Apr 1943 - 16 Apr 1943)
   Meise (16 Apr 1943 - 22 Apr 1943)
   Specht (23 Apr 1943 - 25 Apr 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

28 Jul 1941
The boat was depth charged by British corvettes HMS Rhododendron and HMS Fleur de Lys but escaped without damage. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 329)

26 Sep 1941
HMS Larkspur dropped 26 depth charges following a successful attack by U-203 on convoy HG 73, but without causing any damage. (Sources: ADM/KTB)

22 Oct 1941
An aircraft dropped two bombs on U-203 in the North Atlantic. Minor damage.

11 Nov 1941
14.15 hrs, Bay of Biscay, inbound: a British Hudson bomber (RAF Sqdn 53/D) dropped four depth charges as U-203 dived, damaging one engine and the aft hydroplanes. The boat nonetheless managed to reach Brest the next day. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

4 recorded attacks on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

11 Sep 1942
The commander of U-203 (Kptlt. Rolf Mützelburg) died in a unique accident on 11 Sept. He had stopped the boat to allow the crew to swim in the sea, and as he dived from the conning tower the boat moved and he hit the saddle tank and was seriously injured. He died the next day.

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

U-boat Emblems

We have 4 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Mübu

Coat of Arms of Essen

Red Turtle

The Olympic Rings - Crew 36

Media links


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

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay