List of all U-boats

U-106

Type

IXB

 
Ordered24 May 1938
Laid down26 Nov 1939 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 969)
Launched17 Jun 1940
Commissioned24 Sep 1940Oblt. Jürgen Oesten (Knights Cross)
Commanders
24 Sep 1940 - 19 Oct 1941  Kptlt. Jürgen Oesten (Knights Cross)
20 Oct 1941 - Apr, 1943  Kptlt. Hermann Rasch (Knights Cross)
20 Jun 1943 - 2 Aug 1943  Oblt. Wolf-Dietrich Damerow
Career
10 patrols
24 Sep 1940-31 Dec 1940  2. Flottille (training)
1 Jan 1941-2 Aug 1943  2. Flottille (active service)
Successes22 ships sunk, total tonnage 138,581 GRT
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 12,634 GRT
1 auxiliary warship damaged, total tonnage 8,246 GRT
1 warship damaged, total tonnage 31,100 tons
Fate

Sunk 2 Aug 1943 north-west of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 46.35N, 11.55W, by depth charges from British and Australian Sunderland aircraft (Sqdn 228/N & 461/M). 22 dead and 36 survivors.

Loss position

See the 26 ships hit by U-106 - View the 10 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-106 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Raubritter (1 Nov 1941 - 15 Nov 1941)
   Westwall (1 Dec 1942 - 16 Dec 1942)
   Unverzagt (12 Mar 1943 - 22 Mar 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

30 Oct 1941
After torpedoing the large American tanker Salinas the boat was hunted for nine hours by escorts from convoy ON 28 and suffered severe damage. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 374)

27 Jul 1942
15.30 hrs, Bay of Biscay, outbound: strafing and bombing by a Wellington aircraft (RAF Sqdn 311/A) killed the I WO, Oberleutnant zur See Günter Wißmann and wounded the commander. The boat had only left Lorient two days earlier and was forced to return to base by severe damage.

1 Aug 1943
The boat managed to fight off a Canadian Wellington bomber (RCAF Sqdn 407) which dropped six depth charges and then shadowed the boat, vectoring in other Allied forces. They arrived the next day and sank the boat. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 393)

3 recorded attacks on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

23 Oct 1941
A tragic event occurred on U-106 on this date in heavy weather. When the replacement watch opened the conning tower hatch they found that all four men of the previous watch had been lost overboard. [Oberleutnant zur See Werner Grüneberg, Fähnrich zur See Herbert von Bruchhausen, Oberbootsmannmaat Karl Heemann, Matrose Ewald Brühl]

27 Jul 1942
15.30 hrs, Bay of Biscay, outbound: strafing and bombing by a Wellington aircraft (RAF Sqdn 311/A) killed the I WO, Oberleutnant zur See Günter Wißmann and wounded the commander. The boat had only left Lorient two days earlier and was forced to return to base by severe damage.

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

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


2 Swordfish

Battleaxe

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


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

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay


Torpedoes in the Gulf

Wiggins, Melanie


The Approaching Storm

Chewning, Alpheus J.


They Shall Not Pass Unseen

Southall, Ivan

There was another U-106 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 12 Jun 1917 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 28 Jul 1917. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 106 during WWI.