|Ordered||21 Jul 1937|
|Laid down||1 Oct 1938||Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 260)|
|Launched||15 Jun 1939|
|Commissioned||12 Aug 1939||Oblt. Jürgen Oesten (Knights Cross)|
|Successes||5 ships sunk, total tonnage 19,668 GRT|
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 4,434 GRT
Decommissioned on 27 March 1945 at Wilhelmshaven.
Scuttled on 5 May 1945 at Wilhelmshaven, western entrance to Raederschleuse. Wreck broken up.
Attacks on this boat and other events
21 Jul 1940
At 0419 hrs, the boat was attacked with two bombs by a British Hudson aircraft (269 Sqn RAF/G) northeast of the Shetland Islands. No damage.
1 recorded attack on this boat.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-61 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 4 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Gent with a Pact
Sword with Circle on Shield
There was another U-61 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 22 Jul 1916 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 2 Dec 1916. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 61 during WWI.