List of all U-boats

U-260

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered23 Dec 1939
Laid down7 May 1941 Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 25)
Launched9 Feb 1942
Commissioned14 Mar 1942Oblt. Hubertus Purkhold
Commanders
14 Mar 1942 - Apr, 1944  Kptlt. Hubertus Purkhold (German Cross in Gold)
Apr, 1944 - 12 Mar 1945  Oblt. Klaus Becker
Career
9 patrols
14 Mar 1942-30 Sep 1942  8. Flottille (training)
1 Oct 1942-31 Oct 1944  6. Flottille (active service)
1 Nov 1944-12 Mar 1945  33. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 4,893 GRT
Fate

Scuttled at 2230hrs on 12 March 1945 south of Ireland in position 51.15N, 09.05W, after being mined at 80m depth. Entire crew interned in Ireland 48 survivors (no casualties).

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-260 - View the 9 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-260 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Blitz (22 Sep 1942 - 26 Sep 1942)
   Tiger (26 Sep 1942 - 30 Sep 1942)
   Luchs (1 Oct 1942 - 6 Oct 1942)
   Panther (6 Oct 1942 - 11 Oct 1942)
   Südwärts (24 Oct 1942 - 26 Oct 1942)
   Spitz (22 Dec 1942 - 31 Dec 1942)
   Seeteufel (21 Mar 1943 - 30 Mar 1943)
   Löwenherz (1 Apr 1943 - 10 Apr 1943)
   Lerche (10 Apr 1943 - 15 Apr 1943)
   Specht (21 Apr 1943 - 4 May 1943)
   Fink (4 May 1943 - 6 May 1943)
   Leuthen (15 Sep 1943 - 24 Sep 1943)
   Rossbach (24 Sep 1943 - 7 Oct 1943)
   Rügen 6 (28 Dec 1943 - 2 Jan 1944)
   Rügen 5 (2 Jan 1944 - 7 Jan 1944)
   Rügen (7 Jan 1944 - 11 Jan 1944)

General notes on this boat

You can see some gallery photos of U-260 here.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus and sailed equipped with it in August 1944 but it was of course installed prior to that date. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-260 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


6th Flotilla

Media links


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