List of all U-boats




Ordered20 Jan 1941
Laid down4 Sep 1941 Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 33)
Launched9 Jun 1942
Commissioned29 Jul 1942Oblt. Ernst Heydemann
29 Jul 1942 - 19 Feb 1943  Oblt. Ernst Heydemann
1 patrol
29 Jul 1942-31 Jan 1943  8. Flottille (training)
1 Feb 1943-19 Feb 1943  1. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 14,547 GRT
3 warships sunk, total tonnage 873 tons (lost aboard transport ships)

Sunk on 19 February 1943 in the Bay of Biscay west of St. Nazaire, in position 47.03N, 05.56W, by depth charges from a British Wellington aircraft (172 Sqn RAF/B). 44 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 4 ships hit by U-268 - View the 1 war patrol

Wolfpack operations

U-268 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Habicht (10 Jan 1943 - 15 Jan 1943)
   Falke (15 Jan 1943 - 19 Jan 1943)
   Haudegen (19 Jan 1943 - 2 Feb 1943)
   Nordsturm (2 Feb 1943 - 9 Feb 1943)
   Haudegen (9 Feb 1943 - 10 Feb 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

19 Feb 1943
The sinking of U-268The inbound boat was sunk in a Leigh Light attack by the British Mk.VIII Wellington bomber MP505 (RAF Sqdn 172/B, pilot F/O G.D. Lundon) in the Bay of Biscay.

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

22 Jan 1943
Leutnant zur See Wilhem Deutsch was lost by washing overboard. (When U-268 was sunk four weeks later only 44 men were killed, instead of the normally reported figure of 45 men.)

  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.

Horseshoe and U-boat

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

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