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Ordered9 Oct 1939
Laid down2 Jan 1940 Kriegsmarinewerft (KMW), Wilhelmshaven (werk 134)
Launched16 Nov 1940
Commissioned31 Jan 1941Kptlt. Gerhard Bigalk (Knights Cross)
31 Jan 1941 - 17 Jul 1942  Kptlt. Gerhard Bigalk (Knights Cross)
7 patrols
31 Jan 1941-1 Jun 1941  7. Flottille (training)
1 Jun 1941-17 Jul 1942  7. Flottille (active service)
Successes5 ships sunk, total tonnage 21,412 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 11,000 tons
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 8,096 GRT

Sunk on 17 July 1942 in the North Atlantic north-west of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 45.14N, 12.22W, by depth charges from a British Whitley (502 Sqn RAF/H) and a Lancaster aircraft (61 Sqn RAF/F). 48 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 7 ships hit by U-751 - View the 7 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-751 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   West (16 Jun 1941 - 20 Jun 1941)
   Hammer (5 Aug 1941 - 12 Aug 1941)
   Grönland (12 Aug 1941 - 27 Aug 1941)
   Bosemüller (28 Aug 1941 - 2 Sep 1941)
   Seewolf (2 Sep 1941 - 5 Sep 1941)
   Reissewolf (21 Oct 1941 - 31 Oct 1941)

Attacks on this boat and other events

17 Oct 1941
At 17.00 hrs the boat was sighted by HMS Veronica, which was en route to rejoin convoy SC 48, and crash dived when the corvette approached. The escort then dropped 34 depth charges during five attacks between 17.18 and 17.53 hrs, observed oil on the surface, and then returned to the convoy because she only had twelve depth charges left. None of the attacks were accurate and U-751 escaped undamaged. Unknown to both, U-502 was nearby after diving to avoid aircraft and heard the depth charges. This U-boat had a problem with an untraceable fuel leak, and it is likely this was the source of the oil observed by HMS Veronica. (Sources: KTB U-751 & U-502/ADM 237-164)

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-751 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 3 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Sword and Sun


Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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

Blair, Clay

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