|Ordered||14 Oct 1941|
|Laid down||23 Jan 1943||Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 61)|
|Launched||5 Sep 1943|
|Commissioned||3 Nov 1943||Oblt. Karl-Heinz Rasch|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Listed as missing in the approaches to the Northern Channel on 12 March, 1945 in the approximate position 55.30N, 07W.
There is a possibility that she was lost on or about 12 March to the minefields T1 or T21 which were laid in the path to her operational area.42 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, April 1985).
Previously recorded fate
- Sunk 22 March 1945 in the Northern Channel, in position 55.23N, 06.40W, by aerial torpedoes from a British Liberator (Sqdn. 120/B). (Postwar assessment)
Notes. This attack was actually against a nonsub target.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-296 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.