|Ordered||23 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||21 Dec 1940||Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 20)|
|Launched||8 Oct 1941|
|Commissioned||29 Nov 1941||Kptlt. Reinhart Reche (Knights Cross)|
|Successes||10 ships sunk, total tonnage 47,640 GRT|
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,200 tons
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 7,191 GRT
Surrendered at Loch Eriboll, Scotland on 17 May 1945 (Waller & Niestlé, 2010).
Transferred to Loch Ryan on 14 May, 1945 for Operation Deadlight.
Operation Deadlight (post-war Allied operation, info)
U-255 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Eisteufel (1 Jul 1942 - 12 Jul 1942)
Nebelkönig (7 Aug 1942 - 9 Aug 1942)
Nordwind (24 Jan 1943 - 4 Feb 1943)
Taifun (2 Apr 1943 - 4 Apr 1943)
Eisbär (4 Apr 1943 - 15 Apr 1943)
Preussen (9 Mar 1944 - 22 Mar 1944)
Attacks on this boat and other events
23 Sep 1942
The U-boat was attacked by a Catalina aircraft (RAF Sqdn 210/U, F/Sgt J.W. Semmons) south of Jan Mayen. She had to return to base after being heavily damaged by two depth charges.
10 Mar 1944
The boat located a big tanker convoy, CU 16, and went in for the attack. She was attacked by surface escorts but managed to sink the escort Leopold after which she was hunted for 3 hours but managed to slip away. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 503)
11 Mar 1944
The boat was attacked by aircraft and 2 men were wounded. The boat continued its patrol after treating its wounded (a meeting with U-608 with a doctor on board did not succeed).
27 Mar 1944
Unknown aircraft attacked the boat off Gibraltar as she attempted to enter the Mediterranean. The boat was forced to abort to France. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 508)
11 Apr 1944
The inbound (attacked by aircraft off Gibraltar on March 27) boat was caught on the surface with its escort by 15 British Mosquito aircraft. These were in turn attacked by German Ju-88 aircraft. The boat reached St. Nazaire with only minor damage. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 508)
5 recorded attacks on this boat.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-255 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 2 emblem entry for this boat! See the emblem page for this boat or view each one below.
The Grinning Fox