|Ordered||14 May 1940|
|Laid down||9 Dec 1940||Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 292)|
|Launched||8 Nov 1941|
|Commissioned||30 Jan 1942||Oblnt. Hinrich-Oscar Bernbeck|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk on July 30, 1943 in the Bay of Biscay north-west of Cape Ortegal, Spain in position 45.33N, 10.48W, by Australian Sunderland aircraft (U/461 Sqn.). 53 dead and 15 survivors.
Attacks on this boat and other events
23 Apr 1943
The Milch Cow U-461 was attacked in the Bay of Biscay by a Leigh-Light equipped Canadian Wellington aircraft (Sqdn 172/M) with three bombs. The boat suffered slight damage and as a result left an oil trace.
30 Jul 1943
The sinking of U-461 A group of three outbound boats (U-461, U-462 and U-504) was sighted by the British Liberator aircraft BZ730 (53 Sqdn RAF/O, pilot F/O W.J. Irving) in the Bay of Biscay. Its sighting report brought up six other aircraft and the 2nd Escort Group was sent to the area. The aircraft from six different Squadrons had no radio contact with each other, so a coordinated attack was difficult. The Liberator of 53 Squadron decided to attack U-461, but its depth charges undershot and the heavy AA fire hit two engines, forcing the aircraft to land in Portugal where the crew was interned for a short time. However, the Australian Sunderland W6077 (461 Sqdn RAAF/U, pilot F/L D. Marrows, RAAF) had closely followed the attack of the Liberator and sank U-461. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)
2 recorded attacks 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-461 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
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