|Ordered||25 Jan 1939|
|Laid down||28 Mar 1940||Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 6)|
|Launched||7 Dec 1940|
|Commissioned||15 Feb 1941||Kptlt. Adolf Dumrese|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk at 2150hrs on 16 April 1945 at the ferry quay in Pillau by artillery fire from the Soviet Army, while being used as electricity generation plant.
Men lost from the boat
13 Mar 1945
A crew member was wounded during bombardment by Soviet artillery at Pillau, where U-78 was used as electricity generation plant. He died of wounds in a field hospital the next day. [Maschinenmaat Alfred Tebel]
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
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There was another U-78 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 27 Feb 1916 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 20 Apr 1916. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 78 during WWI.