|Ordered||15 Aug 1940|
|Laid down||21 Jun 1941||Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 29)|
|Launched||2 Apr 1942|
|Commissioned||22 May 1942||Oblt. Hartwig Looks|
|Successes||3 ships sunk, total tonnage 16,843 GRT|
U-264 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Kreuzotter (15 Nov 1942 - 20 Nov 1942)
Delphin (23 Jan 1943 - 9 Feb 1943)
Rochen (9 Feb 1943 - 20 Feb 1943)
Without name (15 Apr 1943 - 18 Apr 1943)
Specht (19 Apr 1943 - 4 May 1943)
Fink (4 May 1943 - 6 May 1943)
Naab (12 May 1943 - 15 May 1943)
Donau 2 (15 May 1943 - 19 May 1943)
Mosel (19 May 1943 - 23 May 1943)
Igel 2 (15 Feb 1944 - 17 Feb 1944)
Hai 1 (17 Feb 1944 - 19 Feb 1944)
Attacks on this boat
20 Nov 1942
The attack on 20 Nov. 1942 in the mid-Atlantic in position 49.25N, 45.25W, by depth charges from the Norwegian corvette HNoMSPotentilla credited with sinking U-184, was actually against U-264, inflicting no damage. (Sources: 1993-01-01, FDS/NHB)
17 Apr 1943
Depth charging by escorts of convoy HX-233 caused heavy damage. The crew managed to make repairs and continue the patrol. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 282)
4 Oct 1943
While being refuelled by U-460 (together with U-422 and U-455) the boats were attacked by Avenger aircraft from the escort carrier USS Card. After putting up heavy flak the smaller VIIC boats dived, leaving U-460 on the surface. She was destroyed when she also tried to dive. U-264 was attacked later in the day and once again escaped, but this time serious damage forced a return to base. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 429)
3 recorded attacks on this boat.
General notes on this boat
26 Feb 1943. With the help of code-breaking the British heavy cruiser HMS Sussex found the German blockage-runner Hohenfriedberg and forced her to scuttle. Oblt Looks in U-264 launched a full salvo at the cruiser, but missed, and Sussex left the area unscathed. Looks then rescued the entire crew of the scuttled vessel, arriving safely at St Nazaire on 5 March.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-264 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
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