|Ordered||16 Feb 1940|
|Laid down||1 Oct 1940||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 645)|
|Launched||24 Jul 1941|
|Commissioned||30 Aug 1941||Oblt. Amelung von Varendorff *|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk on 31 July 1942 in the North Atlantic south-east of the Azores, in position 36.45N, 22.50W, by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Erne, HMS Rochester and HMS Sandwich. 50 dead (all hands lost).
Attacks on this boat and other events
7 Feb 1942
Escorts from convoy ON 63 prevented U-213 from attacking by forcing the boat to dive. Subsequent depth charging caused minor damage. (Sources: Rohwer/Ritschel)
15 May 1942
The boat was slightly damaged by depth charges from a destroyer after being surprised on the surface in foggy weather in the Gulf of Maine. (Sources: Ritschel)
2 recorded attacks on this boat.
General notes on this boat
14 May 1942: Abwehr agent Alfred Langbein was landed on the coast near St. Martins, New Brunswick (Operation Grete) by U-213 (von Varendorff). His mission was to provide information about the sailing of convoys, which he failed to accomplish. He surrendered when he ran out of money in September 1944. The Canadians released him after the war.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-213 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
The Snorting Bull - U-47