|Ordered||5 Jun 1941|
|Laid down||6 Aug 1942||Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 367)|
|Launched||17 Mar 1943|
|Commissioned||2 Jun 1943||Oblt. Paul Just|
|Successes||1 warship sunk, total tonnage 1,200 tons|
Sunk 24 April, 1945 north-west of the Azores, in position 43.53N, 40.07W, by depth charges from the US destroyer escorts USS Flaherty, USS Neunzer, USS Chatelain, USS Varian, USS Hubbard, USS Janssen, USS Pillsbury and USS Keith. 26 dead and 33 survivors.
Attacks on this boat
16 Feb 1944
A Sunderland flying boat attacked U-546 in the mid North Atlantic. One man died and there was minor damage to the diesel engines, but the boat reported it was able to continue its patrol. [Matrosengefreiter Wilhelm van de Kamp] (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 500)
17 Apr 1944
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down: British Liberator aircraft BZ800 (53 Sqdn RAF/H, pilot F/L C. Roberts)
04.53 hrs, North of Finisterre, off Bay of Biscay: the inbound U-546 was attacked by a Leigh Light equipped Liberator. Six depth charges were dropped, two to starboard and four to port of U-546, causing only minor damage before the boat dived to escape further attacks from aircraft. The aicraft was shot down, crashing into the sea 500 meters from U-546. All 9 crew died.(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)
18 Jun 1944
An unidentified Allied aircraft attacked the outbound U-546 SW of Ushant in the Bay of Biscay. The boat used used all its Flak ammo in fending it off, and returned to Lorient, arriving 22 June, re-embarking on 25 June. The date of attack is approximate. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 621)
20 Jul 1944
U-546 was detected by an American hunter-killer group west of Funchal on the 20th June after a chase that had started on the 13th. The boat fired a torpedo at the escort carrier but missed, and suffered 3 hours of depth charge attacks from the escorts before escaping. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 621)
4 recorded attacks on this boat.
Men lost from the boat
16 Feb 1944
A Sunderland aircraft attacked the boat in the North Atlantic and one man died. [Matrosengefreiter Wilhelm van de Kamp]
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
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