List of all U-boats

U-440

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered5 Jan 1940
Laid down1 Oct 1940 F Schichau GmbH, Danzig (werk 1491)
Launched8 Nov 1941
Commissioned24 Jan 1942Ltnt. Hans Geissler
Commanders
24 Jan 1942 - 19 May 1943  Kptlt. Hans Geissler
20 May 1943 - 31 May 1943  Oblt. Werner Schwaff
Career
5 patrols
24 Jan 1942-31 Aug 1942  5. Flottille (training)
1 Sep 1942-31 May 1943  1. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Sunk 31 May, 1943 in the North Atlantic north-west of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 45.38N, 13.04W, by depth charges from a British Sunderland aircraft (Sqdn. 201/R). 46 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 5 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-440 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Pfeil (12 Sep 1942 - 14 Sep 1942)
   Streitaxt (29 Oct 1942 - 2 Nov 1942)
   Delphin (4 Nov 1942 - 5 Nov 1942)
   Spitz (22 Dec 1942 - 31 Dec 1942)
   Neuland (6 Mar 1943 - 13 Mar 1943)
   Dränger (14 Mar 1943 - 20 Mar 1943)
   Seewolf (21 Mar 1943 - 29 Mar 1943)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-440 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.


The Olympic Rings - Crew 36

Media links


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