|Ordered||23 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||18 Oct 1940||Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 16)|
|Launched||26 Jul 1941|
|Commissioned||20 Sep 1941||Kptlt. Heinrich Timm (Knights Cross)|
|Successes||2 ships sunk, total tonnage 11,408 GRT|
Sunk on 19 April 1945 in the Kattegat west of Halmstad, Sweden, in position 56.37N, 11.51E, by rockets and strafing from eight British and Norwegian Mosquito aircraft (235, 248 & 143 Sqn RAF). 39 dead and 4 survivors.
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus and sailed equipped with it in April 1945 but it was of course installed prior to that date. 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-251 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
The Polar Bear - 11th Flotilla
Chimneysweeper with Torpedo