|Ordered||5 Jun 1941|
|Laid down||3 Jul 1942||Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 364)|
|Launched||3 Feb 1943|
|Commissioned||21 Apr 1943||Kptlt. Hans-Jürgen Hellriegel|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk on 2 July 1944 in the North Atlantic south-west of Canary Islands, in position 25.34N, 21.36W, by depth charges and a Fido homing torpedo from an Avenger aircraft (VC-58 USN/T-30) of the US escort carrier USS Wake Island. 58 dead (all hands lost).
Attacks on this boat and other events
9 Apr 1944
The boat found a small convoy but its escorts drove the boat off with depth charges. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 556)
19 Apr 1944
After refuelling from U-488 in mid Atlantic near the Tropic of Cancer, U-543 was located by an Avenger aircraft (pilot C. B. Humphrey) from the escort carrier USS Tripoli. The Avenger fired rockets and a Fido homing torpedo, but the boat escaped unharmed. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 557)
2 recorded attacks on this boat.
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in February 1944.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-543 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.