List of all U-boats

U-413

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered15 Aug 1940
Laid down25 Apr 1941 Danziger Werft AG, Danzig (werk 114)
Launched15 Jan 1942
Commissioned3 Jun 1942Oblt. Gustav Poel (Knights Cross)
Commanders
3 Jun 1942 - 19 Apr 1944  Kptlt. Gustav Poel (Knights Cross)
20 Apr 1944 - 20 Aug 1944  Oblt. Dietrich Sachse
Career
7 patrols
3 Jun 1942-31 Oct 1942  8. Flottille (training)
1 Nov 1942-20 Aug 1944  1. Flottille (active service)
Successes5 ships sunk, total tonnage 36,885 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,100 tons
Fate

Sunk on 20 Aug 1944 in the English Channel south of Brighton, in position 50.21N, 00.01W, by depth charges from the British escort destroyer HMS Wensleydale and the destroyers HMS Forester and HMS Vidette. 45 dead and 1 survivor.

Loss position

See the 6 ships hit by U-413 - View the 7 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-413 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Westwall (8 Nov 1942 - 19 Nov 1942)
   Jaguar (10 Jan 1943 - 31 Jan 1943)
   Pfeil (1 Feb 1943 - 9 Feb 1943)
   Adler (11 Apr 1943 - 13 Apr 1943)
   Meise (13 Apr 1943 - 27 Apr 1943)
   Star (27 Apr 1943 - 4 May 1943)
   Fink (4 May 1943 - 6 May 1943)
   Naab (12 May 1943 - 15 May 1943)
   Donau 2 (15 May 1943 - 26 May 1943)
   Schlieffen (14 Oct 1943 - 22 Oct 1943)
   Siegfried (22 Oct 1943 - 27 Oct 1943)
   Siegfried 2 (27 Oct 1943 - 30 Oct 1943)
   Körner (30 Oct 1943 - 2 Nov 1943)
   Tirpitz 2 (2 Nov 1943 - 8 Nov 1943)
   Eisenhart 8 (9 Nov 1943 - 11 Nov 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

19 Nov 1942
On 19 Nov. 1942 in the Atlantic SW of Cape St. Vincent in position 35.38N, 11.48W, a British Hudson bomber (RAF Sqdn. 608/C) depth-charged a contact, which was believed to have been U-98, and to have sunk her.

The target was in fact U-413, which escaped, but with severe damage.

8 Jun 1944
A British Halifax bomber (Sqdn 502, pilot J. Spurgeon) dropped four 600-pound bombs on the boat. The aircraft suffered severe flak damage, but the boat was also damaged, and was forced to return to base at Brest. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 583)

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus and sailed equipped with it in August 1944 but it was of course installed prior to that date. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-413 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.


Flower

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay