|Ordered||16 Jan 1940|
|Laid down||3 Sep 1940||Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 286)|
|Launched||21 Jun 1941|
|Commissioned||21 Aug 1941||Kptlt. Hans-Henrich Giessler|
|Successes||3 ships sunk, total tonnage 17,685 GRT|
Sunk on 5 April 1944 in the Mediterranean Sea south-east of Genoa, in position 44.18,6N, 09.02,9E, by a mine in the German barrage Fuss-Ball-Klub. 51 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, September 2005).
U-455 reported for the last time on 2 April 1944 while returning from its patrol area off Algiers. Its wreck was discovered in 2005 at a depth of 120m off Portofino, Italy.
Previously recorded fate
- Sunk 6 April, 1944 near La Spezia, in position 44.04N, 09.51E, by a mine, possibly German.
U-455 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Hecht (27 Jan 1942 - 4 Feb 1942)
Pfadfinder (21 May 1942 - 27 May 1942)
Draufgänger (29 Nov 1942 - 11 Dec 1942)
Ungestüm (11 Dec 1942 - 30 Dec 1942)
Without name (11 Jul 1943 - 23 Jul 1943)
Schlieffen (14 Oct 1943 - 14 Oct 1943)
Attacks on this boat and other events
4 Oct 1943
While being refuelled by U-460 (with U-264 and U-422) in the mid Atlantic west of Spain, the boats were attacked by Avenger aircraft from the escort carrier USS Card. After putting up heavy flak the smaller VIIC boats dived, leaving U-460 on the surface. She was destroyed when she also attempted to dive. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 429)
18 Feb 1944
While conducting deep dive trials off Toulon U-455 was attacked twice with a total of five torpedoes (4+1) by the British submarine HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN). No hits were optained and U-455 returned safely to harbour. (Sources: ADM 199/1814)
2 recorded attacks on this boat.
Annoucements related to this boatU-455 located off Genoa, Italy (23 Oct 2005)
Men lost from the boat
24 Mar 1943
A crewman was injured in an accident with the anti-aircraft machine gun.
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
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