|Ordered||5 Jun 1941|
|Laid down||5 Jun 1942||Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 362)|
|Launched||5 Jan 1943|
|Commissioned||24 Mar 1943||Oblt. Kurt Petersen|
|Successes||1 ship sunk, total tonnage 2,140 GRT|
Surrendered at Gibraltar on 12 May 1945.
Transferred to Lisahally for Operation Deadlight.
Operation Deadlight (post-war Allied operation, info)
U-541 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Coronel (4 Dec 1943 - 8 Dec 1943)
Coronel 2 (8 Dec 1943 - 14 Dec 1943)
Coronel 3 (14 Dec 1943 - 17 Dec 1943)
Borkum (18 Dec 1943 - 26 Dec 1943)
Attacks on this boat
8 Sep 1944
The boat was preparing a surface torpedo attack in the Gulf of St. Lawrence when HMCS Norsyd (K 520) forced her to dive with gunfire. The U-boat was then hunted for two days by four frigates, a minesweeper and aircraft of the RCAF, but managed to evade the pursuers. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 623)
1 recorded attack on this boat.
General notes on this boat
26 May 1944. On 26 May, 1944, the U-boat stopped the neutral Portuguese passenger liner Serpa Pinto en route to Canada south of Bermuda. The Germans found contraband for the USA and Mexico aboard and men of military age belonging to enemy countries and Jewish refugees among the 200 passengers. All hands were ordered to abandon ship, but the BdU instructed the commander not to sink her. The crew and passengers were allowed to reboard the ship after 9 hours, but three died in the evacuation process. Two American passengers were taken prisoner and landed at Lorient on 22 June.
Men lost from the boat
12 Nov 1944
One man from U-541 died on 22 Nov after an accident in Flensburg. [Maschinengefreiter Valentin Seile]
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -