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Ordered7 Dec 1940
Laid down3 Nov 1941 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 659)
Launched20 Aug 1942
Commissioned3 Oct 1942Oblt. Robert Schetelig
3 Oct 1942 - 22 Sep 1943  Oblt. Robert Schetelig
3 patrols
3 Oct 1942-28 Feb 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1943-22 Sep 1943  6. Flottille (active service)
Successes2 ships sunk, total tonnage 8,352 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 3,670 GRT

Sunk on 22 September 1943 in the North Atlantic south-east of Cape Farewell, in position 54.36N, 36.25W, by depth charges, gunfire and ramming from the British destroyer HMS Keppel. 50 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 3 ships hit by U-229 - View the 3 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-229 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Neuland (4 Mar 1943 - 6 Mar 1943)
   Ostmark (6 Mar 1943 - 11 Mar 1943)
   Stürmer (11 Mar 1943 - 16 Mar 1943)
   Leuthen (15 Sep 1943 - 23 Sep 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

17 May 1943
British Catalina flying boat EP215 (RAF Sqdn 190, pilot F/Lt F. Gosling) located the boat and dropped four bombs. Damage was severe and U-229 was forced to return to base.

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-229 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

Media links

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

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

Wynn, Kenneth

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