|Ordered||16 Feb 1940|
|Laid down||5 Oct 1940||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 646)|
|Launched||18 Sep 1941|
|Commissioned||1 Nov 1941||Oblt. Günther Reeder|
|Successes||3 ships sunk, total tonnage 18,266 GRT|
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,525 tons
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 6,507 GRT
1 auxiliary warship damaged, total tonnage 10,552 GRT
Attacks on this boat
22 May 1942
North Sea, outbound: an aircraft dropped three bombs on the boat. Minor damage. (Sources: Ritschel)
16 Jun 1942
03.44 hrs, Bay of Biscay, outbound: an unidentified aircraft used the Leigh Light to strafe the boat and dropped three depth charges. Further attack runs were prevented by flak, but severe damage forced the boat to return to Lorient. (Sources: Ritschel)
7 May 1943
10.14 hrs, Bay of Biscay, outbound: British Halifax bomber HR745 (RAF Sqdn 58/S, pilot W/C W.E. Oulton), attacked from out of the sun. Despite being hit by flak, it returned to drop three depth charges. The boat evaded both attacks and dived with only minor damage, but the commander, Kptlt Günther Reeder was severely wounded by gunfire (he no longer served in U-boats after this). The IWO, Oblt Rupprecht Stock took command and brought U-214 to base.
This aircraft was formerly credited with the destruction of U-663, but this boat sank following an attack by Australian Sunderland flying boat (W/William, 10 Sqdn RAAF).(Sources: 1989-11-01, Axel Niestle)
9 Sep 1943
15.25 hrs, 92 miles SW of Santa Maria, Azores: an American Avenger aircraft from USS Croatan piloted by Lt (jg) J.W. Steere made a radar approach from above cloud cover and dropped four depth charges. The aircraft was hit in the air intake and bomb bay by flak. One of the depth charges actually hit the bridge, bounced off and exploded about 10m off the port side, but without damaging the boat. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)
11 Jun 1944
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:British B-24 Liberator bomber (Sqdn 224/S). The boat, on a mine-laying patrol, was damaged and returned to Brest.
5 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-214 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
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