|Ordered||9 Oct 1939|
|Laid down||4 Sep 1940||Howaldtswerke Hamburg AG, Hamburg (werk 805)|
|Launched||8 Jul 1941|
|Commissioned||17 Sep 1941||Kptlt. Ernst Kröning|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk on 1 March 1942 in the North Atlantic south of Cape Race, in position 46.15N, 53.15W, by depth charges from a US Hudson aircraft (VP-82 USN/P-8). 45 dead (all hands lost).
U-656 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Schlei (17 Jan 1942 - 24 Jan 1942)
Attacks on this boat and other events
1 Mar 1942
The sinking of U-656 The boat was bombed and sunk by a PBO-1 Hudson (VP-82 USN, pilot Ens William Tepuni, USNR) on an anti-submarine sweep from Argentia, south of Cape Race, Newfoundland. The PBO-1 Hudsons were 20 Hudson Mk.IIIAs diverted from Lend-Lease to equip USN Sqdn VP-82, which sank the first two U-boats by US forces; U-656 on 1 March and U-503 on 15 March 1942.
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-656 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.