|Ordered||15 Aug 1940|
|Laid down||15 Mar 1941||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1021)|
|Launched||30 Dec 1941|
|Commissioned||9 May 1942||Kptlt. Wolfgang Lüth (Knights Cross)|
|Successes||27 ships sunk, total tonnage 138,779 GRT|
Taken over by Japan at Singapore on 5 May 1945 and became the Japanese submarine I 501 on 15 July 1945.
On 15 February 1946 (GMT), towed by HM Tug Assiduous to the Straits of Malacca, off Singapore, where U-181 (I-501) was scuttled by the frigate HMS Loch Glendhu.
U-181 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Without name (27 Mar 1943 - 30 Mar 1943)
Men lost from the boat
11 Apr 1943
The new 37mm anti-aircraft cannon on U-181 exploded in action while on patrol in the South Atlantic killing one man and wounding two more. [Matrosengefreiter Wilhelm Williger]
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
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