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Ordered13 Jun 1942
Laid down30 Apr 1943 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 220)
Launched22 Mar 1944
Commissioned17 May 1944Oblt. Otto Eberlein
17 May 1944 - 22 Nov 1944  Oblt. Otto Eberlein
1 patrol
17 May 1944-22 Nov 1944  31. Flottille (training)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Missing in the North Sea since leaving Horten on 22 Nov 1944. No explanation exists for its loss. 52 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, April 2005).

View the 1 war patrol

On 31 Dec, 1944, the British destroyer HMS Zephyr was slightly damaged by an explosion west of the Pentland Firth. According to British reports this was very likely caused by a floating mine and not by a torpedo.

Because the destroyer was not attacked by an U-boat there is no indication that U-1020 ever reached her operational area and was probably lost earlier.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in June 1944. 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-1020 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.

Rampant Wild Boar

Media links

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Related page:
U-boats Missing in Action.