List of all U-boats

U-241

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered10 Apr 1941
Laid down4 Sep 1942 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 675)
Launched25 Jun 1943
Commissioned24 Jul 1943Ltnt. Arno Werr
Commanders
24 Jul 1943 - 18 May 1944  Oblt. Arno Werr
Career
1 patrol
24 Jul 1943-31 Mar 1944  5. Flottille (training)
1 Apr 1944-18 May 1944  3. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Sunk 18 May 1944 north-east of the Faeroes, in position 63.36N, 01.42E, by depth charges from a British Catalina aircraft (Sqdn. 210/S). 51 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

Attacks on this boat and other events

17 May 1944
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down: Norwegian Catalina aircraft FP121 (RAF Sqdn 333/C, pilot S/Lt Harald E. Hartmann)

22.21 hrs, approx. 125 miles west of Ålesund, Norway: 4 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 the next day. 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 in the River Tay, damaging it beyond repair.

(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman, 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.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
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.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Crew X/39

Media links


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel