|Ordered||16 Oct 1939|
|Laid down||25 Apr 1940||F Schichau GmbH, Danzig (werk 1478)|
|Launched||21 Jun 1941|
|Commissioned||27 Sep 1941||Kptlt. Günther Seibicke (Knights Cross)|
|Successes||6 ships sunk, total tonnage 36,208 GRT|
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 291 tons (lost aboard transport ships)
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 15,575 GRT
Sunk 26 May 1943 in the North Atlantic west of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 43.49N, 15.56W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Test and the British corvette HMS Hyderabad 47 dead (all hands lost).
U-436 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Umbau (7 Feb 1942 - 16 Feb 1942)
Umhang (10 Mar 1942 - 16 Mar 1942)
Robbenschlag (7 Apr 1942 - 14 Apr 1942)
Blutrausch (15 Apr 1942 - 19 Apr 1942)
Strauchritter (29 Apr 1942 - 1 May 1942)
Greif (14 May 1942 - 26 May 1942)
Puma (16 Oct 1942 - 29 Oct 1942)
Natter (30 Oct 1942 - 6 Nov 1942)
Delphin (26 Dec 1942 - 12 Feb 1943)
Drossel (29 Apr 1943 - 15 May 1943)
Attacks on this boat and other events
10 Nov 1942
09.07 hrs, ,Bay of Biscay inbound: boat was surprised by a B-24 Liberator bomber (59 Sqn RAF/C), which dived out of clouds and dropped a stick of six 250lb depth charges in a strafing attack from the port beam. Two fell short, the third bounced off the aft part and the remainder fell over the U-boat which crash dived immediately afterwards. However, the Liberator succeeded in attacking again after a climbing turn, and dropped a second stick of six 250lb depth charges off the starboard beam just ahead of the conning tower, still was visible on the surface. U-436 was badly shaken by the explosions, the rudder and manometer were disabled, the lights went out and many valves sprang open. It seems that the Germans had some difficulty getting the boat under control, as the crew of the aircraft reported that its bow was seen to raise gradually to 60°, until some 15ft were visible. They machine gunned it at close range for six minutes until the U-boat settled down on an even keel and submerged almost stationary, leaving behind a patch of oil and possibly debris. After temporary repairs, the U-boat managed to reach Lorient on 12 November. (Sources: KTB U-436, ADM 199/1783)
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-436 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.
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