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

Scuttled on 19 August 1944 off Saint-Mandrier peninsula at Toulon, in position 43.05N, 05.56E, to prevent capture because the boat was unseaworthy after being damaged by bombs during US air raid (15th AF) at Toulon on 5 July 1944. Wreck broken up in 1946.

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. No damage. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 366)

24 Jul 1943
An attack by a B-24 Liberator 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.

Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from the boat

24 Jul 1943
An attack by a B-24 Liberator 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