|Ordered||16 Oct 1939|
|Laid down||3 Apr 1940||Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 7)|
|Launched||10 Jul 1941|
|Commissioned||21 Aug 1941||Oblt. Friedrich-Karl Marks|
|Successes||2 ships sunk, total tonnage 10,146 GRT|
Listed as missing in the Bay of Biscay on 13 April, 1943.
No explanation exists for its loss. 47 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, November 1996).
Previously recorded fate
U-376 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Ziethen (23 Mar 1942 - 29 Mar 1942)
Eiswolf (29 Mar 1942 - 31 Mar 1942)
Robbenschlag (7 Apr 1942 - 14 Apr 1942)
Blutrausch (15 Apr 1942 - 19 Apr 1942)
Strauchritter (29 Apr 1942 - 5 May 1942)
Eisteufel (1 Jul 1942 - 4 Jul 1942)
Eisteufel (6 Jul 1942 - 12 Jul 1942)
Boreas (19 Nov 1942 - 7 Dec 1942)
Neptun (18 Feb 1943 - 2 Mar 1943)
Attacks on this boat
27 Jan 1943
The boat had to break off her one-day old patrol in the North Atlantic when some crew members were wounded in an air attack.
1 recorded attack on this boat.
General notes on this boat
The boat was outbound for a special mission code-named "Elster" to take on German Naval officers who escaped from a POW camp at North Point on Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Was the boat sunk at Prince Edward Island?
Serious research strongly indicates that this boat was sunk while outbound in the Bay of Biscay. There are many who believe she was sunk on 7 May, 1943 off Prince Edward Island and is there in very shallow waters, regularly snagging nets of local fishing vessels. The boat failed to sent the mandatory radio signal to report that she had successfully left the Bay of Biscay and must therefore be assumed lost in the Bay to unknown causes.
Men lost from the boat
31 Jan 1943
The boat left Bergen, Norway on 30 Jan for the 6th patrol, but the next day at 0057 hrs lost the third watch officer when he was washed overboard. U-376 then headed back to Bergen, took aboard a replacement and departed for patrol the same day. [Obersteuermann Heinz Richter]
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -