|Ordered||9 Oct 1939|
|Laid down||15 Apr 1940||Flensburger Schiffsbau-Ges, Flensburg (werk 473)|
|Launched||10 Jan 1942|
|Commissioned||22 Apr 1942||Kptlt. Karl-Heinz Herbschleb|
|Successes||1 ship sunk, total tonnage 7,176 GRT|
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,300 tons
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 3,771 GRT
1 warship a total loss, total tonnage 11,420 tons
Sunk on 24 August 1944 in the Barents Sea north-east of North Cape, in position 72.49N, 30.41E, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Mermaid and the British frigate HMS Loch Dunvegan. 51 dead (all hands lost).
Previously recorded fate
- Sunk by the British Swordfish aircraft (Sqdn 825/X) of the escort carrier HMS Vindex on 22 August, 1944 in position 74.54N, 15.26E. (Axel Niestlé & Eric Zimmerman, June 2011)
Notes. This attack was in fact responsible for the loss of U-344.
U-354 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Eisbär (27 Mar 1943 - 1 Apr 1943)
Wiking (4 Aug 1943 - 15 Sep 1943)
Eisenbart (1 Nov 1943 - 4 Dec 1943)
Eisenbart (8 Dec 1943 - 28 Dec 1943)
Boreas (9 Mar 1944 - 10 Mar 1944)
Hammer (10 Mar 1944 - 5 Apr 1944)
Donner (5 Apr 1944 - 11 Apr 1944)
Donner & Keil (20 Apr 1944 - 2 May 1944)
Trutz (22 Aug 1944 - 24 Aug 1944)
Men lost from the boat
11 Nov 1942
A crew member was washed overboard and drowned after his safety belt broke in heavy seas in the Denmark Strait at 1800hrs. [Fähnrich zur See Horst Meyn]
12 Mar 1943
A man from U-354 took his own life. [Maschinenmaat Helmut Richter]
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
The Polar Bear - 11th Flotilla
Demon with Fork
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