List of all U-boats

U-318

Type

VIIC/41

 
Ordered14 Oct 1941
Laid down14 Oct 1942 Flender Werke AG, Lübeck (werk 318)
Launched25 Sep 1943
Commissioned13 Nov 1943Oblt. Josef Will
Commanders
13 Nov 1943 - 10 May 1945  Oblt. Josef Will
Career
6 patrols
13 Nov 1943-31 Jul 1944  4. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1944-4 Nov 1944  11. Flottille (active service)
5 Nov 1944-28 Feb 1945  13. Flottille (active service)
1 Mar 1945-8 May 1945  14. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Surrendered at Narvik, Norway on 9 May 1945.

Transferred to Loch Eriboll, Scotland, on 19 May and later to Loch Ryan for Operation Deadlight.

Operation Deadlight (post-war Allied operation, info)
Sunk on 21 Dec, 1945 in position 55.47N, 08.30W.

Final location

Blue marker shows final fate during Operation Deadlight. Orange marker shows German surrender.

View the 6 war patrols

The U-boats that were in the Narvik area at the end of the war were all moved to the Skjomenfjord upon Allied orders to avoid conflicts with the Norwegians on 12 May. On 15 May, a German convoy of five ships (the fleet tender Grille with the staff of FdU Norwegen aboard, the fleet oiler Kärnten, the repair ship Kamerun and the depot ships Huascaran and Stella Polaris) and 15 U-boats (U-278, U-294, U-295, U-312, U-313, U-318, U-363, U-427, U-481, U-668, U-716, U-968, U-992, U-997 and U-1165) left for transfer to Trondheim, but was intercepted after two days by the 9th Escort Group off the Norwegian coast and officially capitulated. While the ships were allowed to proceed to Trondheim, the U-boats were escorted to Loch Eriboll, Scotland, arriving on 19 May. All U-boats were later that month transferred to Lisahally or Loch Ryan for Operation Deadlight.

Wolfpack operations

U-318 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Stier (25 Nov 1944 - 16 Dec 1944)
   Hagen (17 Mar 1945 - 21 Mar 1945)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-318 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.


Red Shield with a Figure

Media links


The Grey Wolves of Eriboll

David M. Hird


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


The Royal Navy and German Naval Disarmament, 1942-1947

Madsen, Chris