|Ordered||10 Apr 1941|
|Laid down||4 Sep 1942||F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 675)|
|Launched||25 Jun 1943|
|Commissioned||24 Jul 1943||Ltnt. Arno Werr|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk on 18 May 1944 in the Norwegian Sea north-east of the Faeroe Islands, in position 63.36N, 01.42E, by depth charges from a British Catalina aircraft (210 Sqn RAF/S). 51 dead (all hands lost).
Attacks on this boat and other events
18 May 1944
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down: British Catalina aircraft FP121 (333 Sqdn RAF/C, pilot S/Lt Harald E. Hartmann)
00.07 hrs, approx. 125 miles west of Ålesund, Norway: four days out from Bergen, U-241 was attacked by the Norwegian-crewed Catalina. Flak hits to the aircraft during the attack run apparently caused the depth charges to miss, but U-241 was sunk by another Catalina a few hours later. The starboard waist gunner was killed (Pty/O Kyrre D. Berg) and a large hole in the hull forced the pilot to beach the Catalina after landing on the River Tay, damaging it beyond repair.(Sources: Axel Niestlé)
1 recorded attack on this boat.
General notes on this boat
The book Steuermann durch Krieg und Frieden (Helmsman through War and Peace) by Hans Schmid covers the loss of U-241. According to the book its author and 2 other men survived the sinking and were saved and put into POW camp.
This is a total nonense according to our sources. No German document is known which holds information about the rescue of any crew members of U-241. This boat sank with all hands according to all the offical documents. In only a handful of cases did survivors from sunk German U-boats off Norway get resuced by the Germans (or the Allies). German control of the waters around Norway ended at about 10 miles out.
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus but the date of fitting or sailing date with the equipment is unknown. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-241 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.