|Ordered||20 Jan 1941|
|Laid down||4 Sep 1941||Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 33)|
|Launched||9 Jun 1942|
|Commissioned||29 Jul 1942||Oblt. Ernst Heydemann|
|Successes||1 ship sunk, total tonnage 14,547 GRT|
3 warships sunk, total tonnage 873 tons (lost aboard transport ships)
Sunk 19 Feb, 1943 in the Bay of Biscay west of Nantes, France, in position 47.03N, 05.56W, by depth charges from a British Wellington aircraft (Sqdn. 172/B). 44 dead (all hands lost).
U-268 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Habicht (10 Jan 1943 - 15 Jan 1943)
Falke (15 Jan 1943 - 19 Jan 1943)
Haudegen (19 Jan 1943 - 2 Feb 1943)
Nordsturm (2 Feb 1943 - 9 Feb 1943)
Haudegen (9 Feb 1943 - 10 Feb 1943)
Attacks on this boat
19 Feb 1943
The sinking of U-268The inbound boat was sunk in a Leigh Light attack by the British Wellington Mk.VIII MP505 (172 Sqdn RAF/B, pilot F/O G.D. Lundon) in the Bay of Biscay.
1 recorded attack on this boat.
Men lost from the boat
22 Jan 1943
Leutnant zur See Wilhem Deutsch was lost by washing overboard. (When U-268 was sunk four weeks later only 44 men were killed, instead of the normally reported figure of 45 men.)
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -