List of all U-boats

U-306

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered20 Jan 1941
Laid down16 Sep 1941 Flender Werke AG, L├╝beck (werk 306)
Launched29 Aug 1942
Commissioned21 Oct 1942Oblt. Claus von Trotha
Commanders
21 Oct 1942 - 31 Oct 1943  Kptlt. Claus von Trotha
Career
5 patrols
21 Oct 1942-28 Feb 1943  8. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1943-31 Oct 1943  1. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 10,218 GRT
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 11,195 GRT
Fate

Sunk 31 Oct, 1943 in the North Atlantic north-east of the Azores, in position 46.19N, 20.44W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Whitehall and the British corvette HMS Geranium. 51 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 3 ships hit by U-306 - View the 5 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-306 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Seeteufel (21 Mar 1943 - 30 Mar 1943)
   Meise (15 Apr 1943 - 26 Apr 1943)
   Schill (25 Oct 1943 - 31 Oct 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

5 Apr 1943
A depth charge attack on 6 April, 1943 in the North Atlantic southwest of Iceland in position 58.25N, 29.22W, by the British frigate HMS Tay was formerly credited with sinking U-635.

This attack was actually against U-306, inflicting no damage.

(Sources: 1985-03-01, FDS/NHB)

7 May 1943
06.55 hrs, inbound: British Halifax aircraft HR745 (58 Sqdn RAF/S, pilot W/C W.E. Oulton, DFC) dropped six depth charges about 15 seconds after U-306 dived. No damage. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

7 May 1943
06.55 hrs, inbound: British Halifax aircraft HR745 (58 Sqdn RAF/S, pilot W/C W.E. Oulton, DFC) dropped six depth charges about 15 seconds after U-306 dived. No damage.

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

U-boat Emblems

We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Coat of Arms of Kassel

Coat of Arms of Austria

Media links


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