|Ordered||7 Dec 1940|
|Laid down||3 Nov 1941||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 659)|
|Launched||20 Aug 1942|
|Commissioned||3 Oct 1942||Oblt. Robert Schetelig|
|Successes||2 ships sunk, total tonnage 8,352 GRT|
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 3,670 GRT
Sunk 22 Sept 1943 in the North Atlantic south-east of Cape Farewell, Greenland, in position 54.36N, 36.25W, by depth charges, gunfire and ramming from the British destroyer HMS Keppel. 50 dead (all hands lost).
U-229 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Neuland (4 Mar 1943 - 6 Mar 1943)
Ostmark (6 Mar 1943 - 11 Mar 1943)
Stürmer (11 Mar 1943 - 16 Mar 1943)
Leuthen (15 Sep 1943 - 23 Sep 1943)
Attacks on this boat and other events
17 May 1943
British Catalina EP215 (RAF Sqdn 190, pilot F/Lt F. Gosling) located the boat and dropped four bombs. Damage was severe and U-229 was forced to return to base.
1 recorded attack on this boat.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-229 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.