List of all U-boats

U-186

Type

IXC/40

 
Ordered15 Aug 1940
Laid down24 Jul 1941 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1026)
Launched11 Mar 1942
Commissioned10 Jul 1942Kptlt. Siegfried Hesemann
Commanders
10 Jul 1942 - 12 May 1943  KrvKpt. Siegfried Hesemann
Career
2 patrols
10 Jul 1942-31 Dec 1942  4. Flottille (training)
1 Jan 1943-12 May 1943  10. Flottille (active service)
Successes3 ships sunk, total tonnage 18,782 GRT
Fate

Sunk 12 May, 1943 north of the Azores, in position 41.54N, 31.49W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Hesperus. 53 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 3 ships hit by U-186 - View the 2 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-186 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Habicht (10 Jan 1943 - 19 Jan 1943)
   Haudegen (19 Jan 1943 - 2 Feb 1943)
   Nordsturm (2 Feb 1943 - 9 Feb 1943)
   Haudegen (9 Feb 1943 - 15 Feb 1943)
   Taifun (15 Feb 1943 - 20 Feb 1943)
   Amsel (22 Apr 1943 - 3 May 1943)
   Amsel 4 (3 May 1943 - 6 May 1943)
   Rhein (7 May 1943 - 10 May 1943)
   Elbe 2 (10 May 1943 - 12 May 1943)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-186 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.


Media links


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay