List of all U-boats

U-205

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered16 Oct 1939
Laid down19 Jun 1940 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 634)
Launched20 Mar 1941
Commissioned3 May 1941Kptlt. Franz-Georg Reschke
Commanders
3 May 1941 - 19 Oct 1942  Kptlt. Franz-Georg Reschke (German Cross in Gold)
19 Oct 1942 - 17 Feb 1943  Oblt. Friedrich Bürgel
Career
11 patrols
3 May 1941-1 Jul 1941  3. Flottille (training)
1 Jul 1941-1 Nov 1941  3. Flottille (active service)
1 Nov 1941-17 Feb 1943  29. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 2,623 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 5,450 tons
Fate

Badly damaged 17 Feb 1943 in the Mediterranean north-west of Derna, in position 33.08N, 22.18E, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Paladin, assisted by a South African Bisley (Blenheim) aircraft (15 Sqn SAAF/W).

Captured by a boarding party of the destroyer that seized several confidential books and documents. U-205 foundered a few hours later while under tow by the British corvette HMS Gloxinia off Ras al Hilal in position 32.54,8N, 22.11,4E. 8 dead and 42 survivors.

Loss position

See the 2 ships hit by U-205 - View the 11 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-205 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Arnauld (5 Nov 1941 - 18 Nov 1941)

Attacks on this boat and other events

26 Sep 1941
The boat was bombed by an aircraft "with American markings" while shadowing convoy HG 73 and forced to break off patrol and head for France. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 391)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

30 Sep 1941
Fähnrich zur See Fritz Säger took his own life.

  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.


Coat of Arms Salzburg

Turtle

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


Ark Royal

Poolman, Kenneth


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