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Ordered20 Jan 1941
Laid down9 Jan 1942 Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 23)
Launched5 Mar 1943
Commissioned24 Apr 1943Oblt. Gerd Dültgen
24 Apr 1943 - 13 Dec 1943  Oblt. Gert Dültgen
1 patrol
24 Apr 1943-30 Sep 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Oct 1943-13 Dec 1943  3. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on 13 December 1943 in the Bay of Biscay north-west of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 45.45N, 09.38W, by depth charges from a British Liberator aircraft (53 Sqn RAF/B). 51 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

Wolfpack operations

U-391 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Eisenhart 1 (9 Nov 1943 - 15 Nov 1943)
   Schill 3 (18 Nov 1943 - 22 Nov 1943)
   Weddigen (22 Nov 1943 - 7 Dec 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

28 Nov 1943
The target of the attack by a British Wellington bomber (RAF Sqdn 179/L) on 28 Nov. 1943 in position 39.04N, 16.25W, credited with sinking U-542, was in fact U-391, which suffered only minor damage. (Sources: 1990-09-01, Axel Niestle)

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-391 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.

Crew 37b

Media links

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

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