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U-1226

Type

IXC/40

 
Ordered25 Aug 1941
Laid down11 Jan 1943 Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 389)
Launched21 Aug 1943
Commissioned24 Nov 1943Oblt. August-Wilhelm Claussen
Commanders
24 Nov 1943 - 28 Oct 1944  Oblt. August-Wilhelm Claussen
Career
1 patrol
24 Nov 1943-31 Jul 1944  31. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1944-30 Sep 1944  2. Flottille (active service)
1 Oct 1944-28 Oct 1944  33. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Missing after 23 Oct 1944 in the Atlantic, position not known. Possibly because of a Schnorchel defect. 56 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

The boat reported for the last time on 23 Oct, 1944 reporting troubles with its Schnorchel equipment while enroute to her patrol area off Canada. She did not answer any radio calls after that date and was listed as lost missing 28 Oct, 1944.

General notes on this boat

There have been reports (probably originating in 1993) that the boat has been found in 41ft of water only 4 miles off Cape Cod, USA. According to those reports the boat was sunk by US Navy aircraft from nearby Hyannis on October 28, 1944.

This is not confirmed as far as we know and in fact extremely doubtful. We'll post it here when we learn more about its fate.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus but the date of fitting or sailing date with the equipment is unknown. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-1226 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.


Media links


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

Wynn, Kenneth


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Related page:
U-boats Missing in Action.