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Ordered30 Oct 1939
Laid down18 May 1940 Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 282)
Launched5 Mar 1941
Commissioned3 May 1941Korvkpt. Eberhard Hoffmann
3 May 1941 - 21 Dec 1941  KrvKpt. Eberhard Hoffmann
4 patrols
3 May 1941-1 Jul 1941  3. Flottille (training)
1 Jul 1941-21 Dec 1941  3. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 warship sunk, total tonnage 550 tons

Sunk on 21 December 1941 in the North Atlantic north-west of Tangier, in position 35.55N, 06.08W, by depth charges from a British Swordfish aircraft (812 Sqn FAA/A). 44 dead and 1 survivor.

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-451 - View the 4 war patrols

Attacks on this boat and other events

17 Sep 1941
At 1114hrs the boat was attacked by an aircraft about 45 miles north of the North Cape while returning from Kirkenes to Germany for an overhaul and escaped damage by crash diving, reporting one bomb being dropped. In fact U-451 was attacked in error by a German He111 aircraft (1H+ML of 3./KG 26, pilot Oblt Fischbach), which subsequently claimed the sinking of a Soviet K class submarine with a stick of four bombs. (Sources: KTB U-451, Gefechtsbericht I./KG 26)

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-451 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

Coat of Arms of Kaiserslautern

Jumping Sailfish

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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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