|Ordered||14 Oct 1941|
|Laid down||23 Jan 1943||Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 61)|
|Launched||5 Sep 1943|
|Commissioned||3 Nov 1943||Oblt. Karl-Heinz Rasch|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk on or about 12 March 1945 in the western entrance of the Northern Channel, in approx. position 55.30N, 07.00W, by a mine in the British minefields T1 or T2. 42 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, April 1985).
U-296 sent no messages after leaving Bergen to operate in the Firth of Clyde and was posted as missing after it failed to return from patrol. The boat was possibly lost in the British deep anti-submarine minefields T1 and T2 laid on its route to the operational area.
Previously recorded fate
- Sunk 22 March 1945 in the Northern Channel, in position 55.23N, 06.40W, by aerial torpedoes from a British Liberator (Sqdn. 120/B). (Postwar assessment)
Notes. This attack was actually against a nonsub target.
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in July 1944.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-296 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.
Polar Bear and U-boat