|Ordered||15 Aug 1940|
|Laid down||21 Jun 1941||Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 29)|
|Launched||2 Apr 1942|
|Commissioned||22 May 1942||Oblt. Hartwig Looks|
|Successes||3 ships sunk, total tonnage 16,843 GRT|
Sunk at 1707hrs on 19 February 1944 in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 48.31N, 22.05W, by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Woodpecker and HMS Starling. 52 survivors (no casualties).
U-264 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Kreuzotter (15 Nov 1942 - 20 Nov 1942)
Delphin (23 Jan 1943 - 9 Feb 1943)
Rochen (9 Feb 1943 - 20 Feb 1943)
Without name (15 Apr 1943 - 18 Apr 1943)
Specht (19 Apr 1943 - 4 May 1943)
Fink (4 May 1943 - 6 May 1943)
Naab (12 May 1943 - 15 May 1943)
Donau 2 (15 May 1943 - 19 May 1943)
Mosel (19 May 1943 - 23 May 1943)
Igel 2 (15 Feb 1944 - 17 Feb 1944)
Hai 1 (17 Feb 1944 - 19 Feb 1944)
Attacks on this boat and other events
20 Nov 1942
The target of the depth charge attack on 20 Nov. 1942 in mid-Atlantic at position 49.25N, 45.25W, by the Norwegian corvette HNoMS Potentilla, credited with sinking U-184, was actually U-264, which escaped unscathed. (Sources: 1993-01-01, FDS/NHB)
17 Apr 1943
Depth charging by escorts from convoy HX 233 caused heavy damage. The crew managed to make repairs and continue the patrol. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 282)
4 Oct 1943
While being refuelled by U-460 (together with U-422 and U-455) the boats were attacked by Avenger aircraft from the escort carrier USS Card. After putting up heavy flak the smaller VIIC boats dived, leaving U-460 on the surface. She was destroyed when she also tried to dive. U-264 was attacked later in the day and once again escaped, but this time serious damage forced a return to base. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 429)
3 recorded attacks on this boat.
General notes on this boat
26 Feb 1943. Using information from code-breaking the British heavy cruiser HMS Sussex found the German blockage-runner Hohenfriedberg and forced her to scuttle. Oblt Looks in U-264 launched a full salvo at the cruiser, which missed, and the Sussex left the area unscathed. Looks then rescued the entire crew of the scuttled vessel, arriving at St Nazaire on 5 March.
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in December 1943.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-264 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 4 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Divine Hand saving Boat
Cowboy shooting Gun in air
Shield with Sword and Swastika