List of all U-boats




Ordered20 Jan 1941
Laid down7 Dec 1941 Nordseewerke, Emden (werk 214)
Launched10 Nov 1942
Commissioned12 Jan 1943Ltnt. Albert Hossenfelder
12 Jan 1943 - 17 Apr 1944  Oblt. Albert Hossenfelder
1 patrol
12 Jan 1943-28 Feb 1944  8. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1944-17 Apr 1944  7. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk 17 April 1944 south-west of Iceland, in position 60.32N, 29.20W, by depth charges from a Canadian Catalina aircraft (RCAF Sqdn. 162/S). 51 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-342 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

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