List of all U-boats

U-953

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered10 Apr 1941
Laid down10 Feb 1942 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 153)
Launched28 Oct 1942
Commissioned17 Dec 1942Oblt. Karl-Heinz Marbach (Knights Cross)
Commanders
17 Dec 1942 - Aug, 1944  Oblt. Karl-Heinz Marbach (Knights Cross)
Aug, 1944 - Apr, 1945  Oblt. Herbert A. Werner
Apr, 1945 - 9 May 1945  Oblt. Erich Steinbrink
Career
10 patrols
17 Dec 1942-31 May 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Jun 1943-14 Oct 1944  3. Flottille (active service)
15 Oct 1944-8 May 1945  33. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Surrendered on 9 May 1945 at Trondheim, Norway (Waller & Niestlé, 2010).

Post war information (see more post-war boats):
Transferred on 29 May, 1945 from Trondheim, Norway to England. Broken up after British Navy trials, in 1950.

Final location

View the 10 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-953 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Trutz (1 Jun 1943 - 16 Jun 1943)
   Trutz 2 (16 Jun 1943 - 29 Jun 1943)
   Geier 2 (30 Jun 1943 - 15 Jul 1943)
   Schill (25 Oct 1943 - 16 Nov 1943)
   Borkum (1 Jan 1944 - 3 Jan 1944)
   Borkum 3 (3 Jan 1944 - 13 Jan 1944)
   Dragoner (22 May 1944 - 28 May 1944)

Attacks on this boat and other events

9 Jul 1943
The boat was attacked by an aircraft on 9 July. Casualties were one dead and two wounded. [Matrose I Egon Döring]

11 Jan 1944
The boat fired a T-5 homing torpedo at a corvette, which missed, and was then hunted for 13 hours by escorts with depth charges and Hedgehogs. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 491)

4 Feb 1944
The boat was vectored to attack convoy ON 222, but while attempting to do was herself attacked by an unidentified Allied aircraft. Date may be approximate. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 497)

3 recorded attacks on this boat.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in March 1944. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from the boat

9 Jul 1943
The boat was attacked by an aircraft on 9 July. Casualties were one dead and two wounded. [Matrose I Egon Döring]

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

U-boat Emblems

We have 3 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Crew 37a

Cat on U-boat

German Cross

Media links


Iron Coffins

Werner, Herbert A.


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