List of all U-boats

U-506

Type

IXC

 
Ordered25 Sep 1939
Laid down11 Jul 1940 Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 296)
Launched20 Jun 1941
Commissioned15 Sep 1941Kptlt. Erich Würdemann (Knights Cross)
Commanders
15 Sep 1941 - 12 Jul 1943  Kptlt. Erich Würdemann (Knights Cross)
Career
5 patrols
15 Sep 1941-31 Jan 1942  4. Flottille (training)
1 Feb 1942-12 Jul 1943  10. Flottille (active service)
Successes14 ships sunk, total tonnage 69,893 GRT
3 ships damaged, total tonnage 23,358 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 6,821 GRT
Fate

Sunk at 1550hrs on 12 July 1943 in the North Atlantic west of Vigo, Spain, in position 42.30N, 16.30W, by 7 depth charges from an US B-24 Liberator aircraft (USAF-A/S Squad. 1). 48 dead and 6 survivors.

Loss position

See the 18 ships hit by U-506 - View the 5 war patrols

The boat was located by SC137 10cm radar which the Germans could not detect. About 15 men were seen in the water after the boat broke in two. The attacking pilot dropped a liferaft and a smoke flare to assist the survivors. 6 men were picked up from the sea by a British destroyer on 15 July, 3 days after the sinking.

U-506 (along with U-156 and U-507 and Italian submarine Cappellini) took part in the rescue operations after the sinking of SS Laconia in September 1942 off Africa. About 1500 men were saved by these boats and French ships from Dakar (which arrived on Sept 16, 4 days after the sinking).

Attacks on this boat and other events

11 May 1942
The U-boat was attacked by an US Navy PBY Catalina aircraft about 200 miles south-southwest of its base at Pensacola. (Sources: Ragnar J. Ragnarsson)

17 Sep 1942
An American B-24 Liberator bomber, piloted by James D. Harden, attacked the boat - carrying 151 survivors from the Laconia, 142 of whom were on deck - but the boat dived and escaped unharmed. Harden had attacked U-156 the day before. These attack resulted in Dönitz's Laconia Order. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 64.)

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

General notes on this boat

15 Sep 1942. U-506 (along with U-156 and U-507 and Italian submarine Cappellini) took part in the rescue operations after the sinking of SS Laconia in September 1942 off Africa. About 1500 men were saved by these boats and French ships from Dakar (which arrived on Sept 16, 4 days after the sinking).

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-506 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

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


Water bearer

Torpedo with Legs

Media links


The sinking of the laconia and the u-boat war

Duffy, James P.


One Common Enemy

McLoughlin, Jim


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


Torpedoes in the Gulf

Wiggins, Melanie