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Ordered22 May 1940
Laid down12 Mar 1941 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 582)
Launched27 Nov 1941
Commissioned22 Jan 1942Oblt. Hans Klatt
22 Jan 1942 - 1 Oct 1942  Oblt. Hans Klatt
14 Sep 1942 - 26 Sep 1942  Kptlt. Dietrich von der Esch (German Cross in Gold)
2 Oct 1942 - 22 Feb 1943  Oblt. Hans-Heinrich Döhler
3 patrols
22 Jan 1942-31 Aug 1942  5. Flottille (training)
1 Sep 1942-31 Oct 1942  11. Flottille (active service)
1 Nov 1942-22 Feb 1943  9. Flottille (active service)
Successes3 ships sunk, total tonnage 20,527 GRT
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 21,925 GRT

Sunk on 22 February 1943 in the North Atlantic east of Newfoundland, in position 47.44N, 33.43W, by depth charges from the US Coast Guard cutter USCGC Campbell and the Polish destroyer Burza. 36 dead and 11 survivors.

Loss position

See the 5 ships hit by U-606 - View the 3 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-606 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Puma (26 Oct 1942 - 29 Oct 1942)
   Natter (30 Oct 1942 - 8 Nov 1942)
   Kreuzotter (8 Nov 1942 - 24 Nov 1942)
   Falke (8 Jan 1943 - 19 Jan 1943)
   Haudegen (19 Jan 1943 - 15 Feb 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

21 Sep 1942
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:Norwegian Catalina Mk.III FP525 (330 Sqdn RAF/Z, pilot Lt C.J.A. Stansberg)

11.14 hrs, NE of Jan Mayen Island: the boat was attacked by the Catalina astern of convoy QP 14. Accurate flak during the attack run caused four depth charges to fall wide, causing only minor damage to the boat. With two wounded and damage to one engine and the petrol tanks, the Catalina made a forced landing near the convoy. The crew were rescued by HMS Marne.

(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

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-606 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

The Polar Bear - 11th Flotilla

Hack Hack

Media links

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

Bloody Winter

Waters, John M.

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