|Ordered||8 Jan 1940|
|Laid down||25 Sep 1940||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 557)|
|Launched||12 Jun 1941|
|Commissioned||31 Jul 1941||Kptlt. Werner Pfeifer|
|Successes||1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 364 GRT|
Sunk 2 Feb, 1942 in the mid-Atlantic south-west of the Azores, in approximate position 39.00N, 30.00W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Westcott. 4 dead and 41 survivors.
General notes on this boat
2 Feb 1942. On 2 Feb. 1942 U-581 was sunk off Pico Island in the Azores by the British destroyer HMS Westcott. One of the officers, Ltn. Walter Sitek, managed to swim 6 km to shore at a point near the village of Guidaste, where he was rescued by the local inhabitants. He then managed to make his way to neutral Spain and from there to Germany, after which he served again in the U-bootwaffe.
The other survivors from U-581s sinking were rescued by the destroyer and ended up as POWs, not being released until 1947.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-581 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
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