|Ordered||10 Apr 1941|
|Laid down||13 Mar 1942||Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 354)|
|Launched||21 Oct 1942|
|Commissioned||13 Jan 1943||Kptlt. Rolf Schauenburg|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk 20 Nov, 1943 in the North Atlantic north-east of the Azores, in position 43.50N, 19.39W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Nene and the Canadian corvettes HMCS Snowberry and HMCS Calgary. 38 dead and 17 survivors.
U-536 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Schill 2 (17 Nov 1943 - 20 Nov 1943)
General notes on this boat
The boat was selected for Operation Kiebitz in the fall of 1943, a daring plan to retrieve some of the most successful U-boat commanders then in captivity at Camp Bowmanville in Canada, including Otto Kretschmer. The plan did not go through as planned but U-536 made it to Canadian waters where the Canadians were waiting for him, hoping to capture his boat. Schauenburg smelled a rat and evaded the ambush aborting the mission and leaving for the Atlantic.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-536 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.