List of all U-boats

U-223

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered15 Aug 1940
Laid down15 Jul 1941 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 653)
Launched16 Apr 1942
Commissioned6 Jun 1942Oblt. Karl-Jürgen Wächter
Commanders
6 Jun 1942 - 12 Jan 1944  Kptlt. Karl-Jürg Wächter
12 Jan 1944 - 30 Mar 1944  Oblt. Peter Gerlach
Career
6 patrols
6 Jun 1942-31 Jan 1943  8. Flottille (training)
1 Feb 1943-31 Oct 1943  6. Flottille (active service)
1 Nov 1943-30 Mar 1944  29. Flottille (active service)
Successes2 ships sunk, total tonnage 12,556 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,935 tons
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 4,970 GRT
1 warship a total loss, total tonnage 1,300 tons
Fate

Sunk 30 Mar 1944 in the Mediterranean north of Palermo, in position 38.48N, 14.10E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Laforey and HMS Tumult and the British escort destroyers HMS Hambledon and HMS Blencathra. 23 dead and 27 survivors.

Loss position

See the 5 ships hit by U-223 - View the 6 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-223 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Haudegen (26 Jan 1943 - 2 Feb 1943)
   Nordsturm (2 Feb 1943 - 9 Feb 1943)
   Haudegen (9 Feb 1943 - 15 Feb 1943)
   Taifun (15 Feb 1943 - 20 Feb 1943)
   Amsel (22 Apr 1943 - 3 May 1943)
   Amsel 2 (3 May 1943 - 6 May 1943)
   Elbe (7 May 1943 - 10 May 1943)
   Elbe 2 (10 May 1943 - 12 May 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

1 Mar 1943
At 12.42 hours, the boat was attacked by the British Fortress Mk.II FL463 (59 Sqdn RAF/D, pilot F/O N. Barson) in the North Atlantic. AA fire hit the aircraft during the attack run and the seven depth charges overshot. U-223 then crash-dived and escaped with only light damage. The Fortress had been more badly hit, but made it back to base. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

11 May 1943
The British destroyer HMS Hesperus depth charged the U-223 to the surface and then rammed her on 11 May. 2 men were lost overboard, U-359 rescued one of them and transferred him back to U-223 on 14 May as she had managed to escape the destroyer. U-223 (unable to dive) returned to port on 24 May but did not sail again until 14 Sept while being repaired. [Matrosengefreiter Heinz Hoog]

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

11 May 1943
The British destroyer HMS Hesperus depth charged the U-223 to the surface and then rammed her on 11 May. 2 men were lost overboard, U-359 rescued one of them and transferred him back to U-223 on 14 May as she had managed to escape the destroyer. U-223 (unable to dive) returned to port on 24 May but did not sail again until 14 Sept while being repaired. [Matrosengefreiter Heinz Hoog]

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

U-boat Emblems

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Cup and Dice on a Shield

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


The Twilight of the U-Boats

Edwards, Bernard


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

Wynn, Kenneth


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel