List of all U-boats

U-344

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered20 Jan 1941
Laid down7 May 1942 Nordseewerke, Emden (werk 216)
Launched29 Jan 1943
Commissioned26 Mar 1943Oblt. Ulrich Pietsch
Commanders
26 Mar 1943 - 22 Aug 1944  Kptlt. Ulrich Pietsch
Career
3 patrols
26 Mar 1943-31 Mar 1944  8. Flottille (training)
1 Apr 1944-31 May 1944  3. Flottille (active service)
1 Jun 1944-22 Aug 1944  11. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,350 tons
Fate

Sunk 22 Aug, 1944 in the Barents Sea north-west of Bear Island, in position 74.54N, 15.26E, by depth charges from a British Swordfish aircraft from the escort carrier HMS Vindex (Sqdn. 825/X). 50 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, September 1980).

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-344 - View the 3 war patrols

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk 24 Aug, 1944 in the Barents Sea northeast of North Cape, in position 72.49N, 30.41E, by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Mermaid and Peacock, the frigate Loch Dunvegan and the destroyer Keppel. (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack was in fact sank the U-354.

Wolfpack operations

U-344 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Trutz (2 Jun 1944 - 6 Jul 1944)
   Trutz (17 Aug 1944 - 22 Aug 1944)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-344 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.


The Olympic Rings - Crew 36

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


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