List of all U-boats

U-481

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down6 Feb 1943 Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 316)
Launched25 Sep 1943
Commissioned10 Nov 1943Oblt. Ewald Pick
Commanders
10 Nov 1943 - 29 Feb 1944  Oblt. Ewald Pick
1 Mar 1944 - 9 May 1945  Kptlt. Klaus Andersen
28 Dec 1944 - 28 Dec 1944  Oblt. Gustav Bischoff (in deputize) -- acting
Career
5 patrols
10 Nov 1943-31 Jul 1944  5. Flottille (training)
1 Aug 1944-8 May 1945  8. Flottille (active service)
Successes6 ships sunk, total tonnage 1,217 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 108 tons
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 26 GRT
Fate

Surrendered on 9 May 1945 at Narvik, Norway (Waller & Niestlé, 2010).

Transferred to Loch Eriboll, Scotland, on 19 May and later to Loch Ryan for Operation Deadlight.

Operation Deadlight (post-war Allied operation, info)
Sunk on 30 November 1945 at 56.11N x 10.00W by unknown causes.

Final location

Blue marker shows final fate during Operation Deadlight. Orange marker shows German surrender.

See the 8 ships hit by U-481 - View the 5 war patrols

The U-boats that were in the Narvik area at the end of the war were all moved to the Skjomenfjord upon Allied orders to avoid conflicts with the Norwegians on 12 May. On 15 May, a German convoy of five ships (the fleet tender Grille with the staff of FdU Norwegen aboard, the fleet oiler Kärnten, the repair ship Kamerun and the depot ships Huascaran and Stella Polaris) and 15 U-boats (U-278, U-294, U-295, U-312, U-313, U-318, U-363, U-427, U-481, U-668, U-716, U-968, U-992, U-997 and U-1165) left for transfer to Trondheim, but was intercepted after two days by the 9th Escort Group off the Norwegian coast and officially capitulated. While the ships were allowed to proceed to Trondheim, the U-boats were escorted to Loch Eriboll, Scotland, arriving on 19 May. All U-boats were later that month transferred to Lisahally or Loch Ryan for Operation Deadlight.

Wolfpack operations

U-481 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Faust (16 Apr 1945 - 25 Apr 1945)

Attacks on this boat and other events

30 Jul 1944
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:Soviet Il-2 (Sqdn )

Narva Bay, Baltic: two Ilushin Il-2 Sturmoviks (35. ShAP) attacked. One was hit by flak and later ditched.

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in February 1945. 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-481 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Anvil, Hammer and Metal being worked

Stalin and Hammer

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


The Grey Wolves of Eriboll

David M. Hird


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


The Royal Navy and German Naval Disarmament, 1942-1947

Madsen, Chris