|Ordered||20 Jan 1941|
|Laid down||21 Apr 1942||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 668)|
|Launched||7 Jan 1943|
|Commissioned||20 Feb 1943||Oblt. Horst Hepp|
|Successes||4 ships sunk, total tonnage 23,048 GRT|
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 7,176 GRT
Sunk on 9 February 1944 in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 49.45N, 16.07W, by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Kite, HMS Magpie and HMS Starling. 50 dead (all hands lost).
U-238 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Leuthen (15 Sep 1943 - 24 Sep 1943)
Schill 2 (17 Nov 1943 - 22 Nov 1943)
Weddigen (22 Nov 1943 - 1 Dec 1943)
Igel 2 (4 Feb 1944 - 9 Feb 1944)
Attacks on this boat and other events
10 Dec 1943
A British submarine fired three torpedoes at U-238 but all missed.
2 recorded attacks on this boat.
Men lost from the boat
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.