List of all U-boats

U-571

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered24 Oct 1939
Laid down8 Jun 1940 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 547)
Launched4 Apr 1941
Commissioned22 May 1941Kptlt. Helmut Möhlmann (Knights Cross)
Commanders
22 May 1941 - 31 May 1943  Kptlt. Helmut Möhlmann (Knights Cross)
31 May 1943 - 28 Jan 1944  Oblt. Gustav Lüssow
Career
11 patrols
22 May 1941-1 Aug 1941  3. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1941-28 Jan 1944  3. Flottille (active service)
Successes5 ships sunk, total tonnage 33,511 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 11,394 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 9,788 GRT
1 auxiliary warship a total loss, total tonnage 3,870 GRT
Fate

Sunk 28 Jan, 1944 west of Ireland, in position 52.41N, 14.27W, by depth charges from an Australian Sunderland aircraft (RAAF-Sqdn 461/D). 52 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 8 ships hit by U-571 - View the 11 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-571 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Stosstrupp (30 Oct 1941 - 4 Nov 1941)
   Raubritter (4 Nov 1941 - 17 Nov 1941)
   Störtebecker (17 Nov 1941 - 22 Nov 1941)
   Seydlitz (27 Dec 1941 - 16 Jan 1942)
   Endrass (12 Jun 1942 - 17 Jun 1942)
   Panther (10 Oct 1942 - 20 Oct 1942)
   Veilchen (20 Oct 1942 - 7 Nov 1942)
   Delphin (26 Dec 1942 - 19 Jan 1943)
   Landsknecht (19 Jan 1943 - 28 Jan 1943)
   Without name (27 Mar 1943 - 30 Mar 1943)
   Adler (7 Apr 1943 - 13 Apr 1943)
   Meise (13 Apr 1943 - 25 Apr 1943)
   Rügen (15 Jan 1944 - 26 Jan 1944)
   Hinein (26 Jan 1944 - 28 Jan 1944)

Attacks on this boat and other events

22 Mar 1943
At 21.55 hrs the boat was attacked by a Beaufighter aircraft (RAF Sqn 141/I) by moonlight about 20 miles southwest of Ile d’Yeu, only a few hours after leaving La Pallice. The escorting Sperrbrecher 16 had just left when U-571 was strafed from the beam with cannon and machine gun fire, twice. The Germans immediately opened fire with the AA guns, but one of the gunners panicked and failed to open fire during the second attack, so the boat was forced to dive despite the depth at that point being only 70m, leaving behind a small patch of oil. A leak in one of the ballast tanks forced U-571 to return to base for repairs. (Sources: KTB U-571/ADM 199-1784)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

22 Apr 1943
The boat had to return to base because the commander was badly injured in an accident on the conning tower.

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

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


Cross on Shield - Freiburg

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, Vol II

Blair, Clay


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay


They Shall Not Pass Unseen

Southall, Ivan