List of all U-boats

U-331

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered23 Sep 1939
Laid down26 Jan 1940 Nordseewerke, Emden (werk 203)
Launched20 Dec 1940
Commissioned31 Mar 1941Oblt. Freiherr Hans-Diedrich von Tiesenhausen
Commanders
31 Mar 1941 - 17 Nov 1942  Kptlt. Hans-Diedrich Freiherr von Tiesenhausen (Knights Cross)
Career
10 patrols
31 Mar 1941-1 Jul 1941  1. Flottille (training)
1 Jul 1941-14 Oct 1941  1. Flottille (active service)
15 Oct 1941-14 Apr 1942  23. Flottille (active service)
15 Apr 1942-17 Nov 1942  29. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 9,135 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 31,100 tons
1 warship damaged, total tonnage 372 tons
Fate

Sunk on Nov 17 1942 in the Mediterranean north of Algiers in position 37.05N, 02.27E after she had been badly damaged by a Hudson aircraft she signaled surrender to a seaplane but was attacked by a torpedo-equipped aircraft Albacore from the British aircraft carrier HMS Formidable (Squadrons 500 and 820). 32 dead and 17 survivors.

Loss position

See the 3 ships hit by U-331 - View the 10 war patrols

Tiesenhausen and the rest of the survivors were rescued by the British seaplane at the scene.

Wolfpack operations

U-331 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Goeben (24 Sep 1941 - 30 Sep 1941)

Attacks on this boat and other events

10 Oct 1941
The boat fought a gun duel with 3 British landing craft off Sidi Barrani and damaged HMS TLC-18 (A 18), but was itself slightly damaged. Two men of the gun crew were wounded, one of them mortally. [Bootsmann Hans Gerstenich]

13 Nov 1942
On being attacked by a convoy escort in the Mediterranean U-331 dived too deep and struck the sea bed, suffering minor damage.

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

General notes on this boat

17 Nov 1941. On 17 November, at the start of her third patrol, U-331 landed eight commandos on the Egyptian coast east of Ras Gibeisa. Their mission was to blow up a railway line, in which they failed. U-331 went on to sink the British battleship HMS Barham on 25 Nov.

Men lost from the boat

10 Oct 1941
The boat fought a gun duel with 3 British landing craft off Sidi Barrani and damaged HMS TLC-18 (A 18), but was itself slightly damaged. Two men of the gun crew were wounded, one of them mortally. [Bootsmann Hans Gerstenich]

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Black Snake

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


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