List of all U-boats




Ordered30 Oct 1939
Laid down18 May 1940 Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 282)
Launched5 Mar 1941
Commissioned3 May 1941Korvkpt. Eberhard Hoffmann
3 May 1941 - 21 Dec 1941  KrvKpt. Eberhard Hoffmann
4 patrols
3 May 1941-1 Jul 1941  3. Flottille (training)
1 Jul 1941-21 Dec 1941  3. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 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.

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-451 - View the 4 war patrols

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.

U-boat Emblems

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

Jumping Sailfish

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor

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

Wynn, Kenneth

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay