List of all U-boats

U-214

Type

VIID

 
Ordered16 Feb 1940
Laid down5 Oct 1940 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 646)
Launched18 Sep 1941
Commissioned1 Nov 1941Oblt. Günther Reeder
Commanders
1 Nov 1941 - 10 May 1943  Kptlt. Günther Reeder
7 May 1943 - 10 May 1943  Oblt. Rupprecht Stock
11 May 1943 - Jul, 1943  Oblt. Rupprecht Stock
29 Jul 1943 - Jul, 1944  Kptlt. Rupprecht Stock
Jul, 1944 - 26 Jul 1944  Oblt. Gerhard Conrad
Career
10 patrols
1 Nov 1941-30 Apr 1942  5. Flottille (training)
1 May 1942-26 Jul 1944  9. Flottille (active service)
Successes3 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
Fate

Sunk 26 July, 1944 in the English Channel south-east of Eddystone, in position 49.58N, 03.30W by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Cooke. 48 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 6 ships hit by U-214 - View the 10 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-214 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Blücher (14 Aug 1942 - 28 Aug 1942)
   Iltis (6 Sep 1942 - 23 Sep 1942)

Attacks on this boat and other events

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.

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

Men lost from the boat

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).

  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.


The Berlin Bear (Coat of Arms)

Uns kann keener

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


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