List of all U-boats

U-706

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered9 Oct 1939
Laid down22 Nov 1940 H C Stülcken Sohn, Hamburg (werk 766)
Launched24 Nov 1941
Commissioned16 Mar 1942Kptlt. Alexander von Zitzewitz
Commanders
16 Mar 1942 - 3 Aug 1943  KrvKpt. Alexander von Zitzewitz
Career
5 patrols
16 Mar 1942-30 Sep 1942  5. Flottille (training)
1 Oct 1942-3 Aug 1943  3. Flottille (active service)
Successes3 ships sunk, total tonnage 18,650 GRT
Fate

Sunk at 0630hrs on 3 Aug 1943 in the Bay of Biscay north-west of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 46.15N, 10.25W, by depth charges from a US Liberator aircraft (A/S Sqdn. 4) and a Canadian Hampden aicraft (RCAF 415/A). 42 dead and 4 survivors.

Loss position

See the 3 ships hit by U-706 - View the 5 war patrols

The Canadian Hampden aircraft dropped the first chages on the boat and the US Liberator then sank the damaged boat.

Wolfpack operations

U-706 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Luchs (1 Oct 1942 - 6 Oct 1942)
   Panther (6 Oct 1942 - 20 Oct 1942)
   Südwärts (24 Oct 1942 - 26 Oct 1942)
   Falke (28 Dec 1942 - 4 Jan 1943)
   Jaguar (18 Jan 1943 - 31 Jan 1943)
   Seeteufel (23 Mar 1943 - 30 Mar 1943)
   Löwenherz (1 Apr 1943 - 10 Apr 1943)
   Lerche (10 Apr 1943 - 16 Apr 1943)
   Meise (16 Apr 1943 - 22 Apr 1943)
   Specht (22 Apr 1943 - 4 May 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

2 Aug 1943
Attack by an unidentified aircraft at 0900 hrs. The boat reported the aircraft was still shadowing 20 minutes later. (Sources: BDU KTB)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

27 Oct 1942
Three men were washed overboard: two died but the third was rescued by U-463. [Leutnant zur See Erich Eichmann, see right, Matrosenobergefreiter Ralf Köhler]

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

U-boat Emblems

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


Dragon

Media links


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

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