U 218


U 218 was a type VII D specialized mine layer laid down by Krupp Germania Werft in March 1941. She was launched in December that same year, and was commissioned one month later. Only six of these uboats were ever built and commissioned in the Kriegsmarine. Five were sunk in combat action, and only U 218 managed to survive the war. She did a total of ten war patrols and participated in seven Wolfpack's, and is credited by having sunk two ships and damaged another two. After the German capitulation in May 1945, she surrendered in Bergen in Norway. She was taken over by the Allies and sailed over to Loch Ness in Scotland. She sank under tow en route to her scuttling location under Operation Deadlight 4. December 1945. The wreck rest today on a depth of 60 meter eight nautical miles outside Inistrahull.

Former names:
U 218

252,4 x 20,1 x 31,1 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
965 displ ( surfaced ) Kiel ( D ) 1941 ( UK )

55.28 N, 07.18 W
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