|Ordered||5 Jun 1941|
|Laid down||1 Aug 1942||Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 366)|
|Launched||3 Mar 1943|
|Commissioned||19 May 1943||Kptlt. Gert Mannesmann|
|Successes||1 ship damaged, total tonnage 7,359 GRT|
Scuttled on 10 February 1944 in the North Atlantic west of the Hebrides, in position 58.17N, 13.22W, after being badly damaged by 4 depth charges from a British Wellington aircraft (612 Sqn RAF/O). 1 dead and 56 survivors.
The boat was in fact attacked by two aircraft. The other one, a Canadian Wellington (407 Sqn RCAF), 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.
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 -
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
M inside Shield