List of all U-boats




Ordered20 Jan 1941
Laid down29 Aug 1942 Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 29)
Launched6 Oct 1943
Commissioned20 Nov 1943Oblt. Fritz Kallipke
20 Nov 1943 - 16 Jul 1944  Oblt. (R) Fritz Kallipke
17 Jul 1944 - 25 Apr 1945  Oblt. Friedrich Stege
26 Apr 1945 - 5 May 1945  Kptlt. Gerhard Groth
1 patrol
20 Nov 1943-31 May 1944  5. Flottille (training)
1 Jun 1944-30 Jun 1944  7. Flottille (active service)
1 Jul 1944-19 Feb 1945  23. Flottille (school boat)
20 Feb 1945-5 May 1945  31. Flottille (training)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Scuttled on 5 May 1945 in the Gelting Bay. Wreck broken up.

Final location

View the 1 war patrol

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-397 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

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

Red deer

Media links

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

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