|Ordered||10 Apr 1941|
|Laid down||30 Nov 1942||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 680)|
|Launched||7 Dec 1943|
|Commissioned||11 Jan 1944||Kptlt. Ernst Raabe|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Lost during April 1945 in the Irish Sea south of the Isle of Man, in position 53.40N, 04.53,5W.
Listed as missing on 5 April, 1945. No explanation exists for its loss. 48 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, January 1991).
Previously recorded fate
Attacks on this boat
26 Oct 1944
The outbound boat was hit by an unknown Allied aircraft that hit her with depth charges causing severe damage and forcing the boat to return to base. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 633)
1 recorded attack on this boat.
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus and sailed equipped with it in October 1944 but it was of course installed prior to that date. 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-246 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.