List of all U-boats

U-415

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered15 Aug 1940
Laid down12 Jul 1941 Danziger Werft AG, Danzig (werk 116)
Launched9 May 1942
Commissioned5 Aug 1942Oblt. Kurt Neide
Commanders
5 Aug 1942 - 16 Apr 1944  Kptlt. Kurt Neide (German Cross in Gold)
17 Apr 1944 - 14 Jul 1944  Oblt. Herbert A. Werner
Career
7 patrols
5 Aug 1942-28 Feb 1943  8. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1943-14 Jul 1944  1. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 4,917 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,340 tons
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 5,486 GRT
Fate

Sunk at 0915hrs on 14 July 1944 near Brest, France, west of the torpedo-net barrier, in position 48.24N, 04.30W, by a mine. 2 dead, unknown number of survivors.

Loss position

See the 3 ships hit by U-415 - View the 7 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-415 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Seeteufel (21 Mar 1943 - 30 Mar 1943)
   Meise (11 Apr 1943 - 24 Apr 1943)
   Coronel (4 Dec 1943 - 8 Dec 1943)
   Coronel 2 (8 Dec 1943 - 14 Dec 1943)
   Coronel 3 (14 Dec 1943 - 17 Dec 1943)
   Borkum (18 Dec 1943 - 26 Dec 1943)
   Preussen (7 Mar 1944 - 17 Mar 1944)

Attacks on this boat and other events

1 May 1943
08.20 hrs, NW of Corunna, Spain inbound: 6 depth charges from a British Halifax bomber (RAF Sqdn 502/C, pilot F/O R. Houston) caused serious damage. (Sources: Norman Franks)

1 May 1943
11.36 hrs: an Australian Sunderland flying boat (RAAF Sqdn 461/M, pilot F/Lt E.C. Smith) depth charged the boat. No damage. (Sources: Norman Franks)

1 May 1943
17.35 hrs, NW of Corunna, Spain, inbound; the boat was attacked by a British Whitley Bomber (RAF Sqdn 612/E, pilot F/Sgt Norman Earnshaw). She dived, and the aircraft made two runs, first dropping six depth charges with no result, and then two depth charges which caused serious damage. U-415 managed to make Brest on 5 May. (Sources: Norman Franks)

14 Jun 1943
In the afternoon, a British Whitley bomber (RAF OTU 10/E, pilot Sgt Manson) found a group of three outbound boats (U-159, U-415 and U-634) and sent a contact report instead of attacking. When the boats dived, the aircraft attacked, dropping four depth charges on U-415 at 15.54 hrs. No damage. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

24 Jul 1943
While attacking a convoy off Trinidad the boat was itself attacked by a "corvette", but escaped. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 366)

30 Oct 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down: British Wellington HF205 (RAF Sqdn 612/C, pilot F/O R.S. Yeadon)

05.42 hrs, Bay of Biscay north of Cape Ortegal, outbound: the Wellington made a strafing run and dropped four depth charges using the Leigh Light, but was hit by flak and crashed into the sea about 50m astern of U-415, killing the crew of six. Damage to U-415 forced her to return to base.

(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

5 Jan 1944
During the night a British Halifax bomber (Sqdn 58, pilot I.J.M. Christie) dropped 6 depth charges, but failed to sink the boat, which returned fire and dived to escape. U-415 arrived at Brest the following day. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 486)

16 Mar 1944
Severe damage caused by escorts and aircraft from the large tanker convoy CU 17 forced the boat to return to base, reaching Brest on 31 March. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 507)

7 Jun 1944
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:British B-24 Liberator (Sqdn 224/B). U-415 had probably already been damaged by British Wellington G for George from 179 Sqdn. at 02.02 hrs earlier in the day.

9 recorded attacks on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

14 Jun 1943
In the afternoon, a British Whitley bomber (RAF OTU 10/E, pilot Sgt Manson) found a group of three outbound boats (U-159, U-415 and U-634) and sent a contact report instead of attacking. When the boats dived, the aircraft attacked, dropping four depth charges on U-415 at 15.54 hrs. No damage.

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

We have 3 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Coat of Arms of Harzburg

U-boat and a Spear

Bust of a Man

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


Iron Coffins

Werner, Herbert A.


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


Dark Sky, Deep Water

Franks, Norman