|Ordered||24 May 1938|
|Laid down||26 Nov 1939||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 969)|
|Launched||17 Jun 1940|
|Commissioned||24 Sep 1940||Oblt. Jürgen Oesten (Knights Cross)|
|Successes||22 ships sunk, total tonnage 138,581 GRT|
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 12,634 GRT
1 auxiliary warship damaged, total tonnage 8,246 GRT
1 warship damaged, total tonnage 31,100 tons
Sunk 2 Aug, 1943 north-west of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 46.35N, 11.55W, by depth charges from British and Australian Sunderland aircraft (Sqdn 228/N & 461/M). 22 dead and 36 survivors.
Attacks on this boat
30 Oct 1941
After torpedoing the large American tanker Salinas the boat was hunted for 9 hours by escorts from convoy ON-28. The boat was seriously damaged. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 374)
27 Jul 1942
At 15.30 hours, the outbound boat was strafed and bombed by a Wellington aircraft (311 Sqn RAF/A) in the Bay of Biscay, killing the I WO Oberleutnant zur See Günter Wißmann and wounding the commander. The boat had only left Lorient two days earlier and was forced to return to base.
1 Aug 1943
The boat managed to fight off a Wellington bomber (Canadian Sqdn 407) that dropped 6 depth charges on the boat and then shadowed the boat vectoring in other allied forces. They arrived the next day and sank the boat. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 393)
3 recorded attacks on this boat.
Men lost from the boat
23 Oct 1941
An incredibly sad event befell U-106 on this date. When the replacement watch opened the tower hatch in rough seas they found out that the entire previous tower watch of 4 men had been washed overboard. [Oberleutnant zur See Werner Grüneberg, Fähnrich zur See Herbert von Bruchhausen, Oberbootsmannmaat Karl Heemann, Matrose Ewald Brühl]
27 Jul 1942
A Wellington aircraft (Sqdn 311/A) attacked U-106 killing the I WO Oberleutnant zur See Günter Wißmann and wounding the Commander. The boat had only left Lorient, France 2 days earlier and was forced to return, arriving on July 28.
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
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There was another U-106 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 12 Jun 1917 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 28 Jul 1917. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about the U 106 during WWI.