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Ordered25 Sep 1939
Laid down21 Nov 1939 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 527)
Launched14 Sep 1940
Commissioned7 Nov 1940Kptlt. Karl Schrott
7 Nov 1940 - 23 Mar 1941  Kptlt. Karl Schrott
1 patrol
7 Nov 1940-1 Mar 1941  7. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1941-23 Mar 1941  7. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk 23 March 1941 in the North Atlantic south-east of Iceland, in position 62.37N, 16.47W, by depth charges from the British ASW trawler HMS Visenda. 45 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-551 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

Castle on a Shield

Media links

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay