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Ordered10 Apr 1941
Laid down13 Mar 1942 Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 354)
Launched21 Oct 1942
Commissioned13 Jan 1943Kptlt. Rolf Schauenburg
13 Jan 1943 - 20 Nov 1943  Kptlt. Rolf Schauenburg
2 patrols
13 Jan 1943-31 May 1943  4. Flottille (training)
1 Jun 1943-20 Nov 1943  2. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on 20 November 1943 in the North Atlantic north-east of the Azores, in position 43.50N, 19.39W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Nene and the Canadian corvettes HMCS Snowberry and HMCS Calgary. 38 dead and 17 survivors.

Loss position

View the 2 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-536 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Schill 2 (17 Nov 1943 - 20 Nov 1943)

General notes on this boat

The boat was selected for Operation Kiebitz in the fall of 1943, a daring plan to retrieve some of the most successful U-boat commanders then in captivity at Camp Bowmanville in Canada, including Otto Kretschmer. The plan did not go through as planned but U-536 made it to Canadian waters where the Canadians were waiting for him, hoping to capture his boat. Schauenburg smelled a rat and evaded the ambush aborting the mission and leaving for the Atlantic.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-536 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.


Media links

U-Boats at War

Showell, Jak P. Mallmann
($ 35.50)

U-Boat Adventures

Wiggins, Melanie

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

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