List of all U-boats

U-246

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered10 Apr 1941
Laid down30 Nov 1942 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 680)
Launched7 Dec 1943
Commissioned11 Jan 1944Kptlt. Ernst Raabe
Commanders
11 Jan 1944 - 5 Apr 1945  Kptlt. Ernst Raabe
Career
2 patrols
11 Jan 1944-31 Jul 1944  5. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1944-30 Sep 1944  3. Flottille (active service)
1 Oct 1944-5 Apr 1945  11. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

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).

Loss position

View the 2 war patrols

U-246 reported for the last time on 7 March from position 56.20N, 12.50W while enroute for its operational area in the Irish Sea.

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk 29 March, 1945 in the Channel Near Lands End, in position 49.58N, 05.25W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Duckworth. (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack probably sank the U-1169.

Attacks on this boat and other events

26 Oct 1944
The outbound boat was depth charged by an unidentified Allied aircraft. Severe damage forced a return to base. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 633)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Schnorchel-fitted U-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.

U-boat Emblems

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


Bird above the Earth

Media links


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

Wynn, Kenneth


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel