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Ordered23 Sep 1939
Laid down15 Nov 1940 Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 18)
Launched30 Aug 1941
Commissioned21 Oct 1941Oblt. Adolf Friedrichs
21 Oct 1941 - 25 Sep 1942  Kptlt. Adolf Friedrichs
1 patrol
21 Oct 1941-31 Aug 1942  8. Flottille (training)
1 Sep 1942-25 Sep 1942  6. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk 25 Sept 1942 north-west of Iceland, in approximate position 67.00N, 23.00W, by a British mine. 45 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, December 1979).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

U-253 reported for the last time on 24 Sept, 1942 from the approximate position 67.30N, 21.00W while operating against convoy OP.14. She was then the next day ordered into the Atlantic.

There is a strong possibility that the boat was lost to a mine in the submarine minefields SN 11 or SN 71A off the Icelandic coast on Sept 25. These fields were laid on 1 June and 21 August 1942 and crossed U-253's route to the Atlantic.

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk by Catalina (Sqdn 210/U) on 23 Sep 1942. (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. The aircraft in fact attacked U-255 which escaped relatively unharmed.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-253 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.

Man with Stick

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

Blair, Clay