|Ordered||16 Oct 1939|
|Laid down||28 Feb 1940||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 537)|
|Launched||23 Jan 1941|
|Commissioned||13 Mar 1941||Kptlt. Robert Bartels|
|Successes||5 ships sunk, total tonnage 17,146 GRT|
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 4,043 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 5,062 GRT
Sunk 12 July, 1943 in the Straits of Messina, in position 38.16N, 15.39E, by torpedoes from the British MTB 81. 42 dead and 5 survivors.
Attacks on this boat
15 Jul 1942
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:British Liberator Mk.II AL566 (159 Sqdn RAF, pilot W/O W.S. Pottie)
22.07 hrs, ENE of Port Said, Egypt: After firing at the aircraft (misidentified as a Sunderland) with the 20mm flak guns as it approached, the Germans observed hits on the aircraft, which passed over the boat without dropping bombs. U-561 then dived, but was again attacked on surfacing at 23.15 hours. Again scoring further hits with the flak guns, the Germans watched as the aircraft caught fire, jettisoned its bomb load and crashed into the sea. The crew of 7 all died. (Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)
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-561 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
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