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Ordered25 Sep 1939
Laid down21 Nov 1939 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 527)
Launched14 Sep 1940
Commissioned7 Nov 1940Kptlt. Karl Schrott
7 Nov 1940 - 23 Mar 1941  Kptlt. Karl Schrott
1 patrol
7 Nov 1940-1 Mar 1941  7. Flottille (training)
1 Mar 1941-23 Mar 1941  7. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on 23 March 1941 in the North Atlantic south of Iceland, in position 62.37N, 16.47W, by depth charges from the British A/S trawler HMS Visenda. 45 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-551 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

Castle on a Shield

Media links

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

Wynn, Kenneth

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay