|Ordered||16 Oct 1939|
|Laid down||17 Jun 1940||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 635)|
|Launched||4 Apr 1941|
|Commissioned||17 May 1941||Oblt. Herbert Opitz|
|Successes||2 ships sunk, total tonnage 3,283 GRT|
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 925 tons
Missing since 29 Nov 1941 in the Bay of Biscay, possibly sunk on or about 30 Nov south-west of St. Nazaire, in approximate position 47.05N, 02.40W, by an air-laid mine in the British minefield Beech. 46 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, August 1991).
U-206 left St. Nazaire together with U-71 (Flachsenberg) en route to the Mediterranean and was last seen before submerging for deep dive trials after being released by the escorting Sperrbrecher in position 47.09N, 02.35W at 18.00 hrs on 29 Nov 1941. The boat was reported missing after repeatedly failing to report its position on 4 Dec 1941. It is possible that U-206 was lost in the British minefield Beech, an area off St. Nazaire where aircraft of the RAF Bomber Command regularly laid ground mines since August 1940.
Previously recorded fate
U-206 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Grönland (10 Aug 1941 - 23 Aug 1941)
Kurfürst (23 Aug 1941 - 2 Sep 1941)
Seewolf (2 Sep 1941 - 7 Sep 1941)
Breslau (2 Oct 1941 - 23 Oct 1941)
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-206 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
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