List of all U-boats

U-6

Type

IIA

 
Ordered2 Feb 1935
Laid down11 Feb 1935 Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 241)
Launched21 Aug 1935
Commissioned7 Sep 1935Oblt. Ludwig Mathes
Commanders
7 Sep 1935 - 30 Sep 1937  Kptlt. Ludwig Mathes
1 Oct 1937 - 17 Dec 1938   Werner Heidel
17 Dec 1938 - 26 Nov 1939   Joachim Matz
Nov, 1939 - Dec, 1939  Oblt. Hans-Bernhard Michalowski -- Kdt i.V.
27 Nov 1939 - 17 Jan 1940  Oblt. Otto Harms
31 Jan 1940 - 10 Jul 1940  Oblt. Adalbert Schnee (Knights Cross)
Jun, 1940 - Jul, 1940   Georg Peters
11 Jul 1940 - Mar, 1941  Oblt. Johannes Liebe
Mar, 1941 - Sep, 1941  Kptlt. Eberhard Bopst
Oct, 1941 - Aug, 1942   Herbert Brüninghaus
Aug, 1942 - Sep, 1942  Oblt. Paul Just
Sep, 1942 - 19 Oct 1942   Herbert Brüninghaus
20 Oct 1942 - Jun, 1943  Oblt. Otto Niethmann
Jun, 1943 - 16 Apr 1944  Oblt. Alois König
Aug, 1943 - Oct, 1943  Ltn. Horst Heitz
17 Apr 1944 - 9 Jul 1944  Ltn. Erwin Jestel
Career
2 patrols
1 Sep 1935-1 Sep 1939  U-Bootschulflottille (school boat)
1 Oct 1939-1 Feb 1940  U-Bootschulflottille (school boat)
1 Mar 1940-1 Apr 1940  U-Bootschulflottille (active service)
1 May 1940-30 Jun 1940  U-Bootschulflottille (school boat)
1 Jul 1940-7 Aug 1944  21. Flottille (school boat)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Decommissioned in Gotenhafen (Gdynia, Poland) on 7 August 1944
Cannibalised for spares to supply other U-boats
Towed west to Stolpmünde (Utska, Poland) in early 1945
Captured by Russian forces in March/April 1945
Inspected in Stolpmünde by the TNC on 28 August 1945
Scuttled by the Russians in Stolpmünde harbour in late 1945
Raised by the Polish harbour authority in 1950
Scrapped in 1951

View the 2 war patrols

General notes on this boat

* Georg Peters sailed on the following U-boats during WWI: SM U-25, SM U-52 and SM U-96.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-6 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.


Media links


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

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

There was another U-6 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 18 May 1910 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 12 Aug 1910. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about the U 6 during WWI.