|Ordered||20 Jan 1941|
|Laid down||6 Jun 1942||Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 28)|
|Launched||27 Aug 1943|
|Commissioned||16 Oct 1943||Oblt. Ernst-Günther Unterhorst|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
The boat went missing in middle or late April 1945 on its return from weather-reporting duties. No explanation exists for its loss. 45 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, June 1993).
Previously recorded fate
- Sunk 23 April, 1945, in the North Atlantic southwest of the Shetlands, in position 59.29N, 05.22W, by depth charges from a British Liberator aircraft (Sqdn. 86/U). (Postwar assessment)
Notes. This was probably against a nonsub target.
Attacks on this boat and other events
28 Jun 1944
20.08 hrs, NNE of the Shetlands: a British Catalina flying boat (RAF Sqdn 210/Q, pilot F/O J.C. Campbell) exchanged gunfire during a strafing run, then dropped depth charges after the boat dived. There were no hits to the aircraft, but U-396 was forced to break off patrol and put into Bergen by a carbon monoxide leak. (Sources: Franks)
1 recorded attack on this boat.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-396 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Corkscrew on Shield