|Ordered||30 Oct 1939|
|Laid down||18 May 1940||Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 282)|
|Launched||5 Mar 1941|
|Commissioned||3 May 1941||Korvkpt. Eberhard Hoffmann|
|Successes||1 warship sunk, total tonnage 550 tons|
Sunk on 21 December 1941 in the North Atlantic north-west of Tangier, in position 35.55N, 06.08W, by depth charges from a British Swordfish aircraft (812 Sqn FAA/A). 44 dead and 1 survivor.
Attacks on this boat and other events
17 Sep 1941
At 1114hrs the boat was attacked by an aircraft about 45 miles north of the North Cape while returning from Kirkenes to Germany for an overhaul and escaped damage by crash diving, reporting one bomb being dropped. In fact U-451 was attacked in error by a German He111 aircraft (1H+ML of 3./KG 26, pilot Oblt Fischbach), which subsequently claimed the sinking of a Soviet K class submarine with a stick of four bombs. (Sources: KTB U-451, Gefechtsbericht I./KG 26)
1 recorded attack on this boat.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-451 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Coat of Arms of Kaiserslautern