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Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down1 Aug 1942 Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 366)
Launched3 Mar 1943
Commissioned19 May 1943Kptlt. Gert Mannesmann
19 May 1943 - 10 Feb 1944  Kptlt. Gert Mannesmann (German Cross in Gold)
1 patrol
19 May 1943-30 Nov 1943  4. Flottille (training)
1 Dec 1943-10 Feb 1944  2. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship damaged, total tonnage 7,359 GRT

Scuttled on 10 Feb 1944 west of the Hebrides, in position 58.17N, 13.22W, after crippling damage from 4 depth charges dropped by a British Wellington aircraft (Sqdn. 612/O). 1 dead and 56 survivors.

Loss position

See the 1 ships hit by U-545 - View the 1 war patrol

The boat was in fact attacked by two aircraft. The other one, a Canadian Wellington (Sqdn 407), was shot down during the attack.

The survivors were picked up by U-714 after a while and taken to St. Nazaire, France. The lone casuality from U-545 was Lt.z.See Körfer.

Kptlt. Mannesmann then commanded U-2502. He died in an air raid on Hamburg on 8 April, 1945.

Wolfpack operations

U-545 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Rügen 2 (23 Dec 1943 - 28 Dec 1943)
   Rügen 1 (28 Dec 1943 - 7 Jan 1944)
   Rügen (7 Jan 1944 - 26 Jan 1944)
   Stürmer (26 Jan 1944 - 3 Feb 1944)
   Igel 1 (3 Feb 1944 - 10 Feb 1944)

Attacks on this boat and other events

10 Feb 1944
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down:British Wellington (Sqdn 407)

U-545 was scuttled after this attack

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

26 Jan 1944
The I WO was lost overboard in the North Atlantic. [Oberleutnant zur See Hans Wilkening]

  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.

M inside Shield

Media links

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel