List of all U-boats

U-218

Type

VIID

 
Ordered16 Feb 1940
Laid down17 Mar 1941 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 650)
Launched5 Dec 1941
Commissioned24 Jan 1942Oblt. Richard Becker
Commanders
24 Jan 1942 - Aug, 1944  Kptlt. Richard Becker (German Cross in Gold)
Aug, 1944 - 12 May 1945  Kptlt. Rupprecht Stock (German Cross in Gold)
Career
10 patrols
24 Jan 1942-31 Aug 1942  5. Flottille (training)
1 Sep 1942-30 Sep 1944  9. Flottille (active service)
1 Oct 1944-1 Mar 1945  8. Flottille (active service)
1 Mar 1945-8 May 1945  11. Flottille (active service)
Successes2 ships sunk, total tonnage 346 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 7,361 GRT
1 auxiliary warship damaged, total tonnage 7,177 GRT
Fate

Surrendered at Bergen, Norway on 12 May 1945 (Waller & Niestlé, 2010).

Tansferred to Loch Ryan in Scotland later that month for her final fate in Operation Deadlight.

Operation Deadlight (post-war Allied operation, info)
Sunk on 4 Dec, 1945 8,9 nm of Inishtrabull, Northern Ireland in roughly position 55.28N, 07.18W.

Final location

Blue marker shows final fate during Operation Deadlight. Orange marker shows German surrender.

See the 4 ships hit by U-218 - View the 10 war patrols

This boat is a dive site

Innes McCartney dove on this boat in 2001 (see his report).

Depth: 196 feet (60 meters)
Position (lat, long): 55.28, -7.18

See more U-boat dive sites.

Wolfpack operations

U-218 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Vorwärts (4 Sep 1942 - 15 Sep 1942)
   Natter (2 Nov 1942 - 8 Nov 1942)
   Westwall (8 Nov 1942 - 15 Nov 1942)
   Rochen (27 Jan 1943 - 25 Feb 1943)
   Naab (12 May 1943 - 15 May 1943)
   Donau 2 (15 May 1943 - 19 May 1943)
   Mosel (19 May 1943 - 24 May 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

12 Sep 1942
An attack by escorts from convoy ON 127 caused such severe damage that U-218 was forced to make for Brest for repair. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 31.)

15 Nov 1942
The mine-layer attempted to sink an Allied destroyer and was attacked by aircraft and surface ships. Damage severe, and U-218 returned to France. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 113)

22 May 1943
Already damaged by previous action, U-218 suffered more damage when attacked by surface ships. The boat escaped and reached France on June 2. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 337)

2 Aug 1943
Six men were wounded in an attack by a Wellington bomber (Sqdn 547/B). The boat was also damaged, and abandoned the mine-laying mission, arriving in Brest, France on 6 August.

U-218 under attack

15 Jun 1944
After leaving France on 13 June to lay mines off Falmouth, U-218 was hunted mercilessly for 60 hours, but eventually managed, with great difficulty, to elude her attackers. After laying mines on 1 July she returned to France, arriving at Brest 10 July. (Date of attack is approximate). (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 589)

5 recorded attacks on this boat.

General notes on this boat

* The 8th Flotilla in Danzig was normally a training-flotilla, but from June 1944 there were also a few U-boats on patrol in the Baltic Sea.

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

2 May 1943
One of the crew broke a leg.

2 Aug 1943
Six men were wounded in an attack by a Wellington bomber (Sqdn 547/B). The boat was also damaged, and abandoned the mine-laying mission, arriving in Brest, France on 6 August.


U-218 under attack

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

U-boat Emblems

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


3 Fishes

Media links


The Grey Wolves of Eriboll

David M. Hird


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth


The Royal Navy and German Naval Disarmament, 1942-1947

Madsen, Chris


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