|Ordered||16 Oct 1939|
|Laid down||17 May 1941||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 641)|
|Launched||11 Mar 1942|
|Commissioned||25 Apr 1942||Oblt. Helmut Vogler|
|Successes||1 ship sunk, total tonnage 80 GRT|
U-212 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Boreas (22 Nov 1942 - 9 Dec 1942)
Eisbär (27 Mar 1943 - 5 Apr 1943)
Siegfried (25 Oct 1943 - 27 Oct 1943)
Siegfried 1 (27 Oct 1943 - 30 Oct 1943)
Körner (30 Oct 1943 - 2 Nov 1943)
Tirpitz 1 (2 Nov 1943 - 8 Nov 1943)
Eisenhart 4 (9 Nov 1943 - 15 Nov 1943)
Schill 3 (18 Nov 1943 - 22 Nov 1943)
Rügen (15 Jan 1944 - 26 Jan 1944)
Hinein (26 Jan 1944 - 3 Feb 1944)
Igel 1 (3 Feb 1944 - 17 Feb 1944)
Hai 1 (17 Feb 1944 - 22 Feb 1944)
Preussen (22 Feb 1944 - 4 Mar 1944)
Attacks on this boat and other events
14 Jan 1944
21.30 hrs, Bay of Biscay, outbound: a British B-24 Liberator (224 Sqn RAF/F) strafed the boat in a Leigh Light attack, also dropping four depth charges. The depth charges fell wide and caused no damage, but the 37mm AA gun malfunctioned after the first shot, and the barrel of a 20mm AA gun burst when fighting off a second strafing attack. (Sources: Ritschel)
25 Feb 1944
The boat met U-549 (Krankenhagen) north of the Azores to hand over Naxos and Borkum radar detection devices. At 19.53 hrs they were attacked by an unidentified Catalina flying boat and while U-549 dived, U-212 fought off a first attack and then dived herself. The boats suffered no damage and the transfer was completed shortly afterwards. (Sources: Ritschel)
8 Mar 1944
21.57 hrs, NW of Corunna, inbound: a British B-24 Liberator (547 Sqn RAF/R) strafed the boat and dropped three depth charges. The Germans repulsed the attack with AA fire and then dived, escaping undamaged. (Sources: Ritschel)
7 Jun 1944
While en route to attack the D-Day invasion fleet, the boat was attacked by two British Mosquito aircraft (248 Sqn RAF/O&L, pilots Douglas J. Turner and A.J.L. Bonnett) firing 6pdr (57mm) Tsetse cannons. The boat returned to base for repairs.
4 recorded attacks on this boat.
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in March 1944.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-212 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Coat of Arms Kreises Stormarn