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 on 12 May 1943 in the North Atlantic north-west 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