|Ordered||10 Apr 1941|
|Laid down||18 Apr 1942||Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 356)|
|Launched||20 Nov 1942|
|Commissioned||10 Feb 1943||Kptlt. Johann-Egbert Gossler|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk on 21 November 1943 in the North Atlantic north-west of Cape Finisterre, Spain, in position 45.40N, 19.35W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Foley and the British sloop HMS Crane. 55 dead (all hands lost).
U-538 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Eisenhart 1 (9 Nov 1943 - 15 Nov 1943)
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-538 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.