List of all U-boats

U-778

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered20 Jan 1941
Laid down3 Jul 1943 Kriegsmarinewerft (KMW), Wilhelmshaven (werk 161)
Launched6 May 1944
Commissioned7 Jul 1944Oblt. Ralf Jürs
Commanders
7 Jul 1944 - 9 May 1945  Kptlt. Ralf Jürs
Career
1 patrol
7 Jul 1944-28 Feb 1945  31. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1945-8 May 1945  11. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Surrendered on 9 May 1945 at Bergen, Norway (Waller & Niestlé, 2010).

Transferred to Loch Ryan, Scotland on 2 June 1945.

Operation Deadlight (post-war Allied operation, info)
While in tow for the scuttling ground on 4 December, 1945 she foundered and sank roughly 11 miles NE of the Inistrahull Light, in position 55.32N, 07.70W.

Final location

View the 1 war patrol

This boat is a dive site

While in tow for the scuttling ground on 4 December, 1945 she foundered and sank roughly 11 miles NE of the Inistrahull Light, in position 55.32N, 07.30W.

Innes McCartney dove on this boat in 2001 (see his report).

Depth: 220 feet (67 meters)
Position (lat, long): 55.32, -7.30

See more U-boat dive sites.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat

This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in January 1945.

Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Annoucements related to this boat

A diver died while filming the U-778 (13 Oct 2007)
U-778 to be raised? (20 Aug 2007)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-778 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.


Hornet

Media links


The Grey Wolves of Eriboll

David M. Hird


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


The Royal Navy and German Naval Disarmament, 1942-1947

Madsen, Chris


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U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay