|Ordered||15 Aug 1940|
|Laid down||29 May 1941||Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 27)|
|Launched||10 Mar 1942|
|Commissioned||15 Apr 1942||Kptlt. GŁnther Schiebusch|
|Successes||3 ships sunk, total tonnage 13,010 GRT|
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 925 tons
Bombed at Gotenhafen in December 1944. Stricken at Kiel on 2 April, 1945. Broken up in 1947.
U-262 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Kreuzotter (15 Nov 1942 - 22 Nov 1942)
Drachen (22 Nov 1942 - 26 Nov 1942)
Landsknecht (19 Jan 1943 - 28 Jan 1943)
Pfeil (1 Feb 1943 - 7 Feb 1943)
Without name (15 Apr 1943 - 18 Apr 1943)
Schill (25 Oct 1943 - 16 Nov 1943)
Schill 1 (16 Nov 1943 - 22 Nov 1943)
Weddigen (22 Nov 1943 - 29 Nov 1943)
Preussen (22 Feb 1944 - 22 Mar 1944)
Attacks on this boat
26 Sep 1942
On Day 3 of the first patrol the boat was attacked by 2 Hudson aircraft (pilots E. Tammes and R. Horney) west of Bergen, Norway. The aircraft dropped 8 depth charges between them and caused enough damage for the boat to break off the patrol and return to base, reaching Bergen 2 days later. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 23.)
15 Apr 1943
While shadowing convoy HX-233 the boat was fired on and depth charged by escorts. The boat was en route to Prince Edward Island to collect escapees from a planned break out from the POW camp there (Operation Elster). The boat evaded the escorts and made the rendezvous, but no POWs showed up. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 226, http://www.powell-pressburger.org/Reviews/41_49P/49P_08.html)
8 Aug 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:American Avenger (VC-1 USN, pilot Lt (jg) A.H. Sallenger)
a.m., mid Atlantic south of Greenland, severe weather conditions: U-262 was awaiting refuelling from U-664 while U-760U-760 was being supplied. At 10.11 hrs, an Avenger/Wildcat team from USS Card located the boats and attacked U-262. The Wildcat strafed the boat while the Avenger tried to drop depth charges, but an AA hit in the bomb bay had damaged the release mechanism and put the radio out of commission. Making a second run, the Avenger was hit by flak again, setting a fuel tank in the starboard wing on fire. Two depth charges were launched manually, causing severe damage, but the pilot was forced to jettison a Fido homing torpedo and ditch the burning aircraft. The radioman went down with the Avenger, but the pilot and the gunner were picked up in the afternoon by USS Barry after being spotted by other aircraft from the escort carrier. The Wildcat was also shot down by U-262 during another strafing run and crashed into the sea, killing its pilot. U-262 was forced to abort the patrol due to damage. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)
8 Aug 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:American Wildcat (VC-1 USN, pilot Ens J.F. Sprague)
18 Aug 1944
Three men were killed and wounded during an air raid on La Pallice. The boat left for her next patrol and transit to Germany on 23 August, reaching Flensburg on 5 November.
5 recorded attacks on this boat.
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus and sailed equipped with it in August 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 the boat
28 Aug 1944
3 men from the boat were killed and 1 more wounded during an air raid on La Pallice. The boat left for its next patrol on 23 August for its traverse to Germany, reaching Flensburg on 5 November.
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
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