List of all U-boats

U-276

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered10 Apr 1941
Laid down24 Feb 1942 Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 41)
Launched24 Oct 1942
Commissioned9 Dec 1942Oblt. Jürgen Timme
Commanders
9 Dec 1942 - 19 Oct 1943  Oblt. Jürgen Thimme
20 Oct 1943 - 18 Jul 1944  Kptlt. Rolf Borchers
19 Jul 1944 - 29 Sep 1944  Kptlt. Heinz Zwarg
Career
3 patrols
9 Dec 1942-29 Feb 1944  8. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1944-1 Jul 1944  1. Flottille (active service)
1 Jul 1944-29 Sep 1944  31. Flottille (-)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Stricken on 29 Sept 1944 at Neustadt. Used as a floating electricity generating plant. Surrendered in 1945.

View the 3 war patrols

Attacks on this boat and other events

25 May 1944
01.50 hrs, Norwegian Sea: the boat was surprisingly attacked by a British Liberator aircraft (59 Sqdn RAF/C) in bad weather. The aircraft heavily strafed the U-boat and carried out two attacks, first dropping six and then two depth charges. However, the bomb aimer had accidentally turned off the fusing switches while adjusting his intercom plug during the approach, causing the depth charges to be released as duds. Initially U-276 could only put up light and inaccurate AA fire as the 37mm gun malfunctioned after the first round, three crewmen manning one of the 20mm twin guns were wounded by the strafing and two more men were injured when hit by waves. The U-boat escaped by crash diving after the second attack and headed to Trondheim to land the wounded crewmen. [Maschinenmaat Hans Liedtke died of wounds in a hospital on 26 May] (Sources: Ritschel, ADM 199/1786)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

2 May 1944
Two men were wounded on U-276 in an accident with the anti-aircraft gun.

25 May 1944
01.50 hrs, Norwegian Sea: the boat was surprisingly attacked by a British Liberator aircraft (59 Sqdn RAF/C) in bad weather. The aircraft heavily strafed the U-boat and carried out two attacks, first dropping six and then two depth charges. However, the bomb aimer had accidentally turned off the fusing switches while adjusting his intercom plug during the approach, causing the depth charges to be released as duds. Initially U-276 could only put up light and inaccurate AA fire as the 37mm gun malfunctioned after the first round, three crewmen manning one of the 20mm twin guns were wounded by the strafing and two more men were injured when hit by waves. The U-boat escaped by crash diving after the second attack and headed to Trondheim to land the wounded crewmen. [Maschinenmaat Hans Liedtke died of wounds in a hospital on 26 May]

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

U-boat Emblems

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Sword on a Shield

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