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U-Boats in the Far East

Fate of the Far Eastern Boats

A total of 41 German U-boats sailed to Far East to undertake various operations from transport duties to operations against shipping to U-boats to be presented to Japan. These boats paid a high price for their journey, as of the fourty one which had set sail, only six would return to Europe, and only two of those successfully delivered their cargo back to Germany.

The U-843, U-861, U-510 and U-532 reached European waters, only to be sunk, stranded with inssuficient fuel or to surrender with the German capitulation. Only the U-178 and U-188 successfully delivered its cargo. This section lists all U-boats which had set sail on their ill-fated journey to their Far Eastern bases, but does not include the Italian transport boats or boats which sortied to the Indian Ocean but were based from European bases.

U-198
U-198, one of the casualties. Sunk off the Seychelles (Indian Ocean) on 12 August 1944 with the entire crew perishing.


Fate of the Far Eastern Boats

Fate of the Far Eastern Boats
Boat Commander First Sailed Role Success (in Far East) Fate
U-200 KL Heinrich Schonder Norway
Jun 11 1943
Attack None Sunk en route
Jun 24 1943
U-188 KL Siegfried Ludden France
Jun 30 1943
Attack Sunk 11 (49725grt)
Damaged 1 (9977grt)
Successful return
France Jun 19 1944
U-168 KL Helmuth Pich France
Jul 3 1943
Attack Sunk 3 (8008grt)
Damaged 1 (9804grt)
Sunk in Java Sea
Oct 6 1944
U-509 KL Werner Witte France
Jul 3 1943
Attack None Sunk en route
Jul 15 1943
U-514 KL Hans-Jurgen
Auffermann
France
Jul 3 1943
Attack None Sunk en route
Jul 8 1943
U-532 FK Ottoheinrich Junker France
Jul 3 1943
Attack Sunk 6 (33940grt)
Damaged 2 (13128grt)
Returned to Europe
Surrendered
May 10 1945
U-183 KK Heinrich Schafer France
Jul 3 1943
Attack Sunk 3 (17671grt) Sunk in Java Sea
Apr 23 1945
U-506 KL Erich Wurdemann France
Jul 6 1943
Attack None Sunk en route
Jul 12 1943
U-533 KL Helmut Hennig France
Jul 6 1943
Attack None Sunk in Indian Ocean
Oct 16 1943
U-516 KL Hans-Rutger Tillessen France
Jul 8 1943
Attack None Mission aborted
Returned to France
Aug 23 1943
U-847 KL Herbert Kuppish Norway
Jul 29 1943
Attack None Sunk en route
Aug 27 1943
U-178 KK Wilhelm Dommes France
Mar 28 1943
Attack Sunk 12 (66911grt)
Damaged 1 (6348)
Successful return
France May 24 1944
U-511 KL Fritz Schneewind France
May 5 1943
Present Sunk 2 (14370grt) Surrendered
Aug 1945
U-1224 Japanese crew France
1944
Present None Sunk en route
May 13 1944
U-219 KK Walter Burghagen Norway
Oct 22 1943
Transport Delivered to Japan Surrendered
August 1945
U-510 KL Alfred Eick France
Oct 3 1943
Attack Sunk 7 (41130grt) Returned to Europe
Surrendered
Apr 24 1945
U-848 KK Wilhelm Rollman Germany
Sep 18 1943
Attack Sunk 1 (4573grt) Sunk en route
Nov 5 1943
U-849 KL Heinz-Otto Schultze Germany
Oct 2 1943
Attack None Sunk en route
Nov 25 1943
U-850 KK Klaus Ewerth Germany
Nov 18 1943
Attack None Sunk en route
Dec 20 1943
U-177 KL Heinz Buchholz France
Jan 2 1944
Attack None Sunk en route
Feb 6 1944
U-1062 OL Karl Albrecht Norway
Jan 3 1944
Transport Delivered to Penang Sunk homeward
Sep 30 1944
U-852 KL Heinz Wilhelm Eck Germany
Jan 18 1944
Attack Sunk 2 (9972grt) Sunk en route
Apr 3 1944
U-1059 OL Gunter Leupold Norway
Feb 12 1944
Transport None Sunk en route
Mar 19 1944
U-843 KL Oskar Herwartz France
Feb 19 1944
Attack Sunk 1 (8261grt) Returned to Europe
Sunk in Kattegat
Apr 9 1945
U-801 KL Hans-Joachim Brans France
Feb 26 1944
Attack None Sunk en route
Mar 16 1944
U-851 KK Hannes Weingartner France
Feb 26 1944
Attack None Sunk en route
Mar 1944
U-181 FK Kurt Freiwald France
Mar 16 1944
Attack Sunk 5 (35066grt) Surrendered
Aug 1945
U-196 KK Eitel-Friedrich Kentrat France
Mar 16 1944
Attack Sunk 1 (35066grt) Sunk in Java Sea
Dec 1 1944
U-537 KL Peter Schrewe France
Mar 25 1944
Attack None Sunk in Java Sea
Nov 9 1944
U-859 KK Johann Jebsen Germany
Apr 4 1944
Attack Sunk 4 (26523grt) Sunk off Penang
Sep 23 1944
U-860 FK Paul Buchel Germany
Apr 11 1944
Attack None Sunk en route
Jun 15 1944
U-198 OL Burkhard Heusinger von Waldegg France
Apr 20 1944
Attack Sunk 4 (22912grt) Sunk in Indian Ocean
Aug 12 1944
U-861 KL Jurgen Oesten Germany
Apr 20 1944
Attack Sunk 3 (16378grt)
Damaged 1 (8139grt)
Returned to Europe
Surrendered
Apr 18 1945
U-490 OL Wilhelm Gerlach Norway
May 6 1944
Attack None Sunk en route
Jun 12 1944
U-862 KL Heinrich Timm Norway
Jun 3 1944
Attack Sunk 7 (35489grt) Surrendered
Aug 1945
U-863 KL Dietrich von der Esch Norway
Jul 26 1944
Attack None Sunk en route
Sep 29 1944
U-180 OL Rolf Riesen France
Aug 20 1944
Transport None Sunk en route
Aug 23 1944
U-195 OL Friedrich Steinfeldt France
Aug 20 1944
Transport Delivered to Japan Surrendered
aug 1945
U-871 KL Erwin Ganzer Norway
Aug 31 1944
Attack None Sunk en route
Sep 26 1944
U-864 KK Ralf-Reimar Wolfram Norway
Feb 5 1945
Transport None Sunk en route
Feb 9 1945
U-234 KL Johann-Heinrich Fehler Norway
Apr 16 1945
Transport None Surrendered
May 16 1945

Note:-
Success column indicates ships attacked as a result of the Far East operation. It does not include successes in the Atlantic or other theaters.
Commander column indicates the CO at time of first departure. Several boats had more than one commander while in the Far East.






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