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U-204

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered23 Sep 1939
Laid down22 Apr 1940 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 633)
Launched23 Jan 1941
Commissioned8 Mar 1941Oblt. Walter Kell
Commanders
8 Mar 1941 - 19 Oct 1941  Kptlt. Walter Kell
Career
3 patrols
8 Mar 1941-1 May 1941  1. Flottille (training)
1 May 1941-19 Oct 1941  1. Flottille (active service)
Successes4 ships sunk, total tonnage 17,157 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,060 tons
Fate

Sunk on 19 October 1941 in the Straits of Gibraltar off Tangier, in position 35.46N, 06.02W, by depth charges from the British corvette HMS Mallow and the British sloop HMS Rochester. 46 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 5 ships hit by U-204 - View the 3 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-204 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   West (5 Jun 1941 - 16 Jun 1941)
   Kurf├╝rst (16 Jun 1941 - 20 Jun 1941)
   Breslau (5 Oct 1941 - 19 Oct 1941)

Attacks on this boat and other events

19 Oct 1941
The sinking of U-204

Following the sinking of Inverlee by U-204, the corvettes of the 37th Escort Group were despatched from Gibraltar to carry out an anti-submarine sweep off Cape Spartel, Morocco. At 21.46 hrs, HMS Mallow obtained an asdic contact on her starboard quarter and eight minutes later dropped a pattern of seven depth charges. After regaining contact, the corvette turned around to carry out a second attack, but the echo became woolly. After passing through a patch of oil approximately 200 yards long and 50 yards broad (183 x 46m) Mallow regained contact, but lost it again before another attack could be carried out. At 22.21 hrs, HMS Carnation obtained a contact after passing through the oil patch which was judged to be a U-boat stationary on the bottom, and dropped five depth charges, but it's doubtful this was U-204 since it was two miles further east. HMS Mallow then remained near the oil patch until joined by HMS Rochester at 09.00 hrs on 20 October. The sloop eventually dropped five depth charges into the patch and observed the amount of oil to increase, which was found to be diesel. Another pattern of five depth charges produced a further volume of oil but no other evidence. A day later parts of a G7a torpedo were recovered about eight miles (13km) east of the position of the oil patch. U-204 must have been badly damaged or even sunk by the initial attack of HMS Mallow and the depth charges dropped by HMS Rochester either finished her off or broke up the wreck lying on the bottom.

(Sources: ADM 199/1782)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

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Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-204 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 3 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Coat of Arms of Krefeld

... on les aura

Red V Line

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


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

Blair, Clay