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Ordered23 Dec 1939
Laid down17 May 1941 Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 26)
Launched16 Feb 1942
Commissioned28 Mar 1942Oblt. Hans Lange
28 Mar 1942 - 15 Sep 1942  Kptlt. Hans Lange
1 patrol
28 Mar 1942-1 Sep 1942  8. Flottille (training)
1 Sep 1942-15 Sep 1942  6. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on 15 September 1942 in the North Atlantic north-west of the Hebrides, in position 59.50N, 09.28W, by depth charges from a British Whitley aircraft (58 Sqn RAF/Q). 43 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-261 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.

Key and Cross on Shield

Media links

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