|Ordered||20 Jan 1941|
|Laid down||21 Oct 1941||Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 36)|
|Launched||29 Jul 1942|
|Commissioned||23 Sep 1942||Kptlt. Curt Barleben|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk 28 Jan, 1944 west of Limerick, in position 53.15N, 15.52W, by depth charges from a US Liberator aircraft (VB-103/E). 51 dead (all hands lost).
Attacks on this boat and other events
24 Jun 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down: American PB4Y-1 Liberator BuNo 32046 (VB-103 USN, pilot Lt Hubert Kearsley Reese Jr., USNR)
At 08.50 hours, the boat was attacked by a Liberator (misidentified as PBM Mariner) south-southeast of Cape Farewell. U-271 evaded the attack by turning hard to port and opened AA fire at a distance of only 800 meters when the aircraft approached from astern. The Germans observed hits in the cockpit and the fuselage just before four depth charges were dropped and the aircraft crashed in flames about 1500 meters away. They searched the area, but all 10 crew members perished. The depth charges damaged some batteries, the compressors, the forward toilet, the listening gear and three torpedoes stored in the bow room, but the U-boat was able to continue her patrol after the crew carried out repairs.(Sources: KTB U-271/vpnavy.com)
21 Oct 1943
While serving as a Flak boat U-271 was attacked by two Avengers from USS Core on 21 Oct and one man from its crew died.
2 recorded attacks 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-271 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
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