|Ordered||16 Oct 1939|
|Laid down||17 May 1941||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 641)|
|Launched||11 Mar 1942|
|Commissioned||25 Apr 1942||Oblt. Helmut Vogler|
|Successes||1 ship sunk, total tonnage 80 GRT|
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 a Leigh Light-equipped British Liberator aircraft (224 Sqn RAF/F) which also dropped 4 depth charges. 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 a 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: a British Liberator aircraft (547 Sqn RAF/R) strafed the boat and dropped 3 depth charges. The Germans repulsed the attack with AA fire and 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 British Mosquito aircraft (248 Sqn RAF/O&L, pilots Douglas J. Turner and A.J.L. Bonnett) firing 6pdr (57mm) Tsetse cannons. The boat returned to base for repairs.
4 recorded attacks on this boat.
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.
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