List of all U-boats

U-466

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered15 Aug 1940
Laid down24 May 1941 Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 297)
Launched30 Mar 1942
Commissioned17 Jun 1942Oblt. Gerhard Thäter
Commanders
17 Jun 1942 - 19 Aug 1944  Kptlt. Gerhard Thäter
Career
5 patrols
17 Jun 1942-31 Dec 1942  5. Flottille (training)
1 Jan 1943-31 Mar 1944  3. Flottille (active service)
1 Apr 1944-19 Aug 1944  29. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Damaged on 5 July, 1944 by bombs from US B-24 aircraft in the Mediterranean at Toulon, France.

Scuttled 19 Aug, 1944 at Toulon in position 43.05N, 05.56E during the Allied invasion of southern France.

Loss position

View the 5 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-466 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Haudegen (26 Jan 1943 - 29 Jan 1943)
   Amsel (22 Apr 1943 - 3 May 1943)
   Amsel 4 (3 May 1943 - 6 May 1943)
   Rhein (7 May 1943 - 10 May 1943)
   Elbe 2 (10 May 1943 - 13 May 1943)
   Schill (25 Oct 1943 - 10 Nov 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

23 Jul 1943
American B-18 and B-24 bombers attacked the boat but caused no damage. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 366)

24 Jul 1943
An attack by a B-24 Liberator bomber caused minor damage but left five wounded, one, the 1st Officer, severely.

9 Nov 1943
Damage inflicted by convoy escorts from MKS 29 forced U-466 to return to France for repair. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 447)

30 Mar 1944
In the Mediterranean off Toulon, southern France, the British submarine HMS Uproar fired four torpedoes at U-466, all of which missed.

4 recorded attacks on this boat.

General notes on this boat

29 Jan 1943. On 29 January 1943 U-466 was forced to return to base by serious technical problems.

Men lost from the boat

24 Jul 1943
An attack by a B-24 Liberator bomber caused minor damage but left five wounded, one, the 1st Officer, severely.

  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.


Star and Heart

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