List of all U-boats

U-533

Type

IXC/40

 
Ordered10 Apr 1941
Laid down17 Feb 1942 Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 351)
Launched11 Sep 1942
Commissioned25 Nov 1942Oblt. Helmut Henning
Commanders
25 Nov 1942 - 16 Oct 1943  Kptlt. Helmut Hennig
Career
2 patrols
25 Nov 1942-30 Apr 1943  4. Flottille (training)
1 May 1943-16 Oct 1943  10. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Sunk 16 Oct, 1943 in the Gulf of Oman, in position 25.28N, 56.50E, by depth charges from a British Bisley (Blenheim) aircraft (Sqdn. 244/O). 52 dead and 1 survivor.

Loss position

View the 2 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-533 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Star (27 Apr 1943 - 4 May 1943)
   Fink (4 May 1943 - 6 May 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

25 Apr 1943
The boat was attacked by an American PBY-5A Catalina of VP-84/P-5. Three of U-533´s gun crew were injured by the Catalina's .30 cal. gunfire. They were: (Bootsmaat Buttkus, Matrosengefreiter Ludwig and Matrosengefreiter Fekken). All of them went again out to sea and Buttkus and Ludwig perished with the boat the following October.

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

25 Apr 1943
The boat was attacked by an American PBY-5A Catalina of VP-84/P-5. Three of U-533´s gun crew were injured by the Catalina's .30 cal. gunfire. They were: (Bootsmaat Buttkus, Matrosengefreiter Ludwig and Matrosengefreiter Fekken). All of them went again out to sea and Buttkus and Ludwig perished with the boat the following October.

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

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Castle and King

Media links


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel