List of all U-boats

U-212

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered16 Oct 1939
Laid down17 May 1941 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 641)
Launched11 Mar 1942
Commissioned25 Apr 1942Oblt. Helmut Vogler
Commanders
25 Apr 1942 - 21 Jul 1944  Kptlt. Helmut Vogler
Career
15 patrols
25 Apr 1942-30 Sep 1942  8. Flottille (training)
1 Oct 1942-31 May 1943  11. Flottille (active service)
1 Jun 1943-31 Oct 1943  13. Flottille (active service)
1 Nov 1943-21 Jul 1944  3. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 80 GRT
Fate

Sunk 21 July, 1944 in the English Channel south of Brighton, in position 50.27N, 00.13W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Curzon and HMS Ekins. 49 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-212 - View the 15 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-212 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Boreas (22 Nov 1942 - 9 Dec 1942)
   Eisbär (27 Mar 1943 - 5 Apr 1943)
   Siegfried (25 Oct 1943 - 27 Oct 1943)
   Siegfried 1 (27 Oct 1943 - 30 Oct 1943)
   Körner (30 Oct 1943 - 2 Nov 1943)
   Tirpitz 1 (2 Nov 1943 - 8 Nov 1943)
   Eisenhart 4 (9 Nov 1943 - 15 Nov 1943)
   Schill 3 (18 Nov 1943 - 22 Nov 1943)
   Rügen (15 Jan 1944 - 26 Jan 1944)
   Hinein (26 Jan 1944 - 3 Feb 1944)
   Igel 1 (3 Feb 1944 - 17 Feb 1944)
   Hai 1 (17 Feb 1944 - 22 Feb 1944)
   Preussen (22 Feb 1944 - 4 Mar 1944)

Attacks on this boat and other events

14 Jan 1944
21.30 hrs, Bay of Biscay: the outbound boat was strafed by an unidentified Leigh Light-equipped aircraft which also dropped 4 bombs. The bombs fell wide and the boat was not damaged, but the 37mm AA gun malfunctioned after the first shot and the barrel of a 20mm AA gun burst when fighting off the second strafing attack. (Sources: Ritschel)

25 Feb 1944
The boat met U-549 (Krankenhagen) north of the Azores to hand over a Naxos and Borkum radar detection device. At 19.53 hours, they were attacked by an unidentified Catalina aircraft and while U-549 dived, U-212 fought off a first attack and then dived herself. The boats suffered no damage and the transfer was completed shortly afterwards. (Sources: Ritschel)

8 Mar 1944
21.57 hrs, NW of Corunna, inbound: an unidentified Liberator strafed the boat and dropped 3 bombs. The Germans repulsed the attack with AA fire, then dived, escaping undamaged. (Sources: Ritschel)

7 Jun 1944
While en route to attack the D-day invasion fleet, the boat was attacked by two Mosquito aircraft (RAF Sqdn 228, pilots Douglas J. Turner and A. J. L. Bonnett) firing 57mm Tsetse cannons. The boat returned to base for repairs. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 584)

4 recorded attacks on this boat.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in March 1944. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-212 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Coat of Arms Kreises Stormarn

Media links


U-Boats at War

Showell, Jak P. Mallmann


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