|Ordered||15 Aug 1940|
|Laid down||22 Dec 1941||Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 346)|
|Launched||12 Aug 1942|
|Commissioned||28 Oct 1942||Oblt. Herbert Neckel|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk 6 May, 1943 in the North Atlantic north-east of Newfoundland, in position 52.48N, 45.18W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Vidette. 54 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, October 1991).
Previously recorded fate
- Sunk by the destroyer HMS Oribi and the corvette HMS Snowflake on 6 May 1943 in position 52.13N, 44.50W. (Postwar assessment)
Notes. This attack in fact caused the loss of U-125.
Attacks on this boat and other events
22 Apr 1943
While racing from Kiel to join wolfpack Fink the boat was attacked twice by aircraft from Iceland, suffering minor damage. The first was a British Catalina (Sqdn 190/S) at 15.29 hrs and the second a British Fortress (Sqdn 206/D) at 22.00 hrs.
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-531 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
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