|Ordered||28 May 1940|
|Laid down||24 Dec 1940||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1018)|
|Launched||25 Oct 1941|
|Commissioned||14 Feb 1942||Fregkpt. Hans Ibekken|
|Successes||13 ships sunk, total tonnage 87,030 GRT|
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 6,348 GRT
Scuttled 25 Aug 1944 at Bordeaux, France as she was not seaworthy in time to escape the Allied advance. Broken up in 1947.
Attacks on this boat and other events
15 Nov 1942
While operating off Durban (Nov 13-15) the boat was attacked by Allied aircraft several times and on one occasion 3 bombs fell close, but without causing damage. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 78)
24 May 1943
06.05 hrs, off Capetown, South Africa: the boat was attacked by a Dutch Catalina flying boat (RAF Sqn 321/Z) while tracking a small convoy. Three bombs dropped. No damage, but the convoy escaped. (Sources: Rohwer / Blair, vol 2, page 301)
6 Nov 1943
The British submarine HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) fired five torpedoes at a U-boat leaving Penang. All missed. The location was 05º27N, 100º04E. The target was U-178, which had left Penang bound for Singapore that day. Two torpedo tracks were sighted by the Germans.
3 recorded attacks on this boat.
General notes on this boat
The British submarine HMS Tally-Ho (Lt.Cdr. L.W.A. Bennington, DSO, DSC, RN) fired 5 torpedoes at a U-boat leaving Penang. All missed. The location was 05º27'N, 100º04'E. The target was U-178, which had left Penang bound for Singapore that day. Two torpedo tracks were sighted by the Germans.Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-178 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 4 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
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