List of all U-boats

U-209

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered16 Oct 1939
Laid down28 Nov 1940 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 638)
Launched28 Aug 1941
Commissioned11 Oct 1941Kptlt. Heinrich Brodda
Commanders
11 Oct 1941 - 7 May 1943  Kptlt. Heinrich Brodda
Career
7 patrols
11 Oct 1941-28 Feb 1942  6. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1942-30 Jun 1942  6. Flottille (active service)
1 Jul 1942-28 Feb 1943  11. Flottille (active service)
1 Mar 1943-7 May 1943  1. Flottille (active service)
Successes4 ships sunk, total tonnage 1,356 GRT
Fate

Missing since 6 May 1943 in the North Atlantic, in approximate position 52N, 38W.

Possibly lost on or about 7 May 1943 in a diving accident after being badly damaged on 4 May south of Cape Farewell, Greenland, in position 56.38N, 42.32W, by depth charges from the Canadian Canso aircraft 9747 (5 BR Sqn RCAF/W). 46 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, October 1991).

Loss position

See the 4 ships hit by U-209 - View the 7 war patrols

U-209 reported for the last time on 6 May 1943 via its sister boat U-954 (Loewe) describing the extensive damage suffered from an air attack on 4 May, including the breakdown of its main transmitter. The boat was ordered to return to base shortly afterwards and reported missing on 19 May when it failed to arrive. However, it is likely that U-209 was already lost on or about 7 May in a diving accident as a result of the damage suffered.

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk by the British frigate HMS Jed and the British sloop HMS Sennen on 19 May, 1943 in position 54.54N, 34.19W. (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack was in fact responsible for the sinking of U-954.

Wolfpack operations

U-209 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Ziethen (23 Mar 1942 - 29 Mar 1942)
   Eiswolf (29 Mar 1942 - 31 Mar 1942)
   Robbenschlag (7 Apr 1942 - 14 Apr 1942)
   Blutrausch (15 Apr 1942 - 15 Apr 1942)
   Greif (16 May 1942 - 29 May 1942)
   Boreas (19 Nov 1942 - 7 Dec 1942)
   Meise (25 Apr 1943 - 27 Apr 1943)
   Star (27 Apr 1943 - 4 May 1943)
   Fink (4 May 1943 - 6 May 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

28 Mar 1942
At 07.04 hrs, the boat was sighted by HMS Blackfly, escorting the Polish steam merchant Tobruk, a straggler from convoy PQ 13. The guns of the armed trawler were frozen and could not be used, but after U-209 dived, two depth charges were launched, of which only one exploded. At 07.42 hrs, U-209 missed the escort with a stern torpedo, who responded with two more depth charges, also with no success. Shortly afterwards they lost sight of each other in a flurry of snow. (Sources: KTB U-209/ADM 237-164)

29 Mar 1942
11.03 hrs, Barents Sea: the boat dived after being sighted by HMS Hussar and HMS Gossamer. Both minesweepers then carried out seven attacks runs until 12.44 hrs, launching 30 depth charges with difficulty, as the traps were frozen. At the end of the hunt they heard two underwater detonations and claimed the sinking of a U-boat. U-209 had, however, managed to escape undamaged after the first few attacks. (Sources: KTB U-209/ADM 199-1782)

16 Apr 1943
A British Fortress aircraft (220 Sqn RAF/T) dropped six depth charges on the boat southeast of Iceland, damaging the periscope. (Sources: Rohwer/Ritschel)

4 May 1943
The target of the depth charge attack on 4 May 1943 south of Cape Farewell, Greenland, in position 56.38N, 42.38W, by the Canadian Canso aircraft 9747 (5 BR Sqn RCAF/W), formerly credited with sinking U-630, was actually U-209, which suffered severe damage. (Sources: January 1991, FDS/NHB)

4 recorded attacks on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

9 Jul 1942
Two men died during an accident on the harbour quay at Bergen, Norway. The boat next went on patrol on 17 July. [Funkgefreiter Edmund Kiepulski, Funkgefreiter Alfons Kuklinski]

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Coat of Arms of BrĂ¼nn

Blue Shield with U-boat ramming a Lion

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