|Ordered||5 Jun 1941|
|Laid down||6 Feb 1943||Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 316)|
|Launched||25 Sep 1943|
|Commissioned||10 Nov 1943||Oblt. Ewald Pick|
|Successes||4 ships sunk, total tonnage 1,165 GRT|
3 warships sunk, total tonnage 160 tons
1 warship damaged, total tonnage 26 tons
Surrendered on 9 May 1945 at Narvik, Norway (Waller & Niestlé, 2010).
Transferred to Loch Eriboll, Scotland, on 19 May and later to Loch Ryan for Operation Deadlight.
Operation Deadlight (post-war Allied operation, info)
The U-boats that were in the Narvik area at the end of the war were all moved to the Skjomenfjord upon Allied orders to avoid conflicts with the Norwegians on 12 May. On 15 May, a German convoy of five ships (the fleet tender Grille with the staff of FdU Norwegen aboard, the fleet oiler Kärnten, the repair ship Kamerun and the depot ships Huascaran and Stella Polaris) and 15 U-boats (U-278, U-294, U-295, U-312, U-313, U-318, U-363, U-427, U-481, U-668, U-716, U-968, U-992, U-997 and U-1165) left for transfer to Trondheim, but was intercepted after two days by the 9th Escort Group off the Norwegian coast and officially capitulated. While the ships were allowed to proceed to Trondheim, the U-boats were escorted to Loch Eriboll, Scotland, arriving on 19 May. All U-boats were later that month transferred to Lisahally or Loch Ryan for Operation Deadlight.
U-481 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Faust (16 Apr 1945 - 25 Apr 1945)
Attacks on this boat and other events
30 Jul 1944
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:Soviet Il-2 (Sqdn )
Narva Bay, Baltic: two Ilushin Il-2 Sturmoviks (35. ShAP) attacked. One was hit by flak and later ditched.
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-481 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.
Anvil, Hammer and Metal being worked
Stalin and Hammer