|Ordered||16 Oct 1939|
|Laid down||28 Nov 1940||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 638)|
|Launched||28 Aug 1941|
|Commissioned||11 Oct 1941||Kptlt. Heinrich Brodda|
|Successes||4 ships sunk, total tonnage 1,356 GRT|
Missing since 7 May, 1943 in the North Atlantic in approximate position 52N, 38W.
Possibly lost in an diving accident after damage suffered on 4 May in an attack by a Canadian Catalina aircraft (RCAF Sqdn NOS 5/W). 46 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, October 1991).
The boat reported for the last time on 6 May, 1943 via its sister boat U-954 on how she had suffered extensive damage, including to its transmitter, and she was called back to base shortly afterwards. She was never heard from again.
Previously recorded fate
U-209 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Ziethen (23 Mar 1942 - 29 Mar 1942)
Eiswolf (29 Mar 1942 - 31 Mar 1942)
Robbenschlag (7 Apr 1942 - 14 Apr 1942)
Blutrausch (15 Apr 1942 - 15 Apr 1942)
Greif (16 May 1942 - 29 May 1942)
Boreas (19 Nov 1942 - 7 Dec 1942)
Meise (25 Apr 1943 - 27 Apr 1943)
Star (27 Apr 1943 - 4 May 1943)
Fink (4 May 1943 - 6 May 1943)
Attacks on this boat
28 Mar 1942
At 07.04 hrs, the boat was sighted by HMS Blackfly, escorting the Polish steam merchant Tobruk, a straggler from convoy PQ-13. The guns of the armed trawler were frozen and could not be used, but after the U-boat crash dived, two depth charges were launched, of which only one exploded. At 07.42 hrs, U-209 missed the escort with a stern torpedo, who responded with two more depth charges, also with no success. Shortly afterwards they lost sight of each other in a flurry of snow. (Sources: KTB U-209/ADM 237-164)
29 Mar 1942
11.03 hrs, Barents Sea: the boat dived after being sighted by HMS Hussar and HMS Gossamer. Both minesweepers then carried out seven attacks runs until 12.44 hrs, launching 30 depth charges with difficulty, as the traps were frozen. At the end of the hunt they heard two underwater detonations and claimed the sinking of a U-boat. U-209 had, however, managed to escape undamaged after the first few attacks. (Sources: KTB U-209/ADM 199-1782)
16 Apr 1943
A British B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft (RAF Sqdn 220/T) dropped six bombs on the boat southeast of Iceland, damaging the periscope. (Sources: Rohwer/Ritschel)
4 May 1943
The target of the depth charge attack on 4 May 1943 south of Cape Farewell, Greenland at 56.38N, 42.38W by a Canadian Catalina aircraft (Sqdn. 5/W), formerly credited with sinking U-630, was actually U-209, which suffered severe damage. (Sources: 1991-10-01, FDS/NHB)
4 recorded attacks on this boat.
Men lost from the boat
9 Jul 1942
Two men were lost during an accident on the landing place in the harbor of Bergen, Norway. The boat went on its next patrol on 17 July. [Funkgefreiter Edmund Kiepulski, Funkgefreiter Alfons Kuklinski]
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
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