List of all U-boats

U-406

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered16 Oct 1939
Laid down6 Sep 1940 Danziger Werft AG, Danzig (werk 107)
Launched16 Jun 1941
Commissioned22 Oct 1941Oblt. Horst Dieterichs
Commanders
22 Oct 1941 - 18 Feb 1944  Kptlt. Horst Dieterichs
Career
8 patrols
22 Oct 1941-30 Apr 1942  8. Flottille (training)
1 May 1942-18 Feb 1944  7. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 7,452 GRT
3 ships damaged, total tonnage 13,285 GRT
Fate

Sunk 18 Feb 1944 in the North Atlantic, in position 48.32N, 23.36W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Spey. 12 dead and 45 survivors.

Loss position

See the 4 ships hit by U-406 - View the 8 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-406 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Hecht (8 May 1942 - 18 Jun 1942)
   Blücher (14 Aug 1942 - 28 Aug 1942)
   Iltis (6 Sep 1942 - 23 Sep 1942)
   Spitz (22 Dec 1942 - 31 Dec 1942)
   Neuland (4 Mar 1943 - 13 Mar 1943)
   Dränger (14 Mar 1943 - 20 Mar 1943)
   Drossel (29 Apr 1943 - 5 May 1943)
   Rügen (14 Jan 1944 - 26 Jan 1944)
   Stürmer (26 Jan 1944 - 3 Feb 1944)
   Igel 1 (3 Feb 1944 - 17 Feb 1944)
   Hai 1 (17 Feb 1944 - 18 Feb 1944)

Attacks on this boat and other events

5 May 1942
U-406 encountered a British submarine off St. Nazaire which fired a torpedo at her, without success.

23 Aug 1943
An aircraft attack killed two men and wounded three.

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

General notes on this boat

1 Jan 1943. On 1 January, 1943 U-406 had to abort her patrol in the North Atlantic due to serious engine trouble.

5 May 1943. On 5 May, 1943 U-406 and U-600 collided in the North Atlantic. Both boats were so badly damaged they had to return to base.

Men lost from the boat

23 Aug 1943
An aircraft attack killed two men and wounded three.

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

U-boat Emblems

We have 3 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


The Berlin Bear (Coat of Arms)

Bird

Spatz

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