List of all U-boats

U-254

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered23 Sep 1939
Laid down14 Dec 1940 Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 19)
Launched20 Sep 1941
Commissioned8 Nov 1941Kptlt. Hans Gilardone
Commanders
8 Nov 1941 - 8 Dec 1942  Kptlt. Hans Gilardone
Sep, 1942 - Oct, 1942,  Kptlt. Odo Loewe
Career
3 patrols
8 Nov 1941-31 Jul 1942  8. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1942-8 Dec 1942  9. Flottille (active service)
Successes3 ships sunk, total tonnage 18,553 GRT
Fate

Sank on 8 December 1942 in the North Atlantic south-east of Cape Farewell, in position 58.45N, 33.02W, after a collision with U-221. 41 dead and 4 survivors.

Loss position

See the 3 ships hit by U-254 - View the 3 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-254 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Luchs (27 Sep 1942 - 6 Oct 1942)
   Panther (6 Oct 1942 - 12 Oct 1942)
   Leopard (12 Oct 1942 - 14 Oct 1942)
   Panzer (27 Nov 1942 - 8 Dec 1942)

Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-254 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.


Media links


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay


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