|Ordered||7 Dec 1940|
|Laid down||30 Sep 1941||Deutsche Schiff und Maschinenbau AG, Bremen (werk 359)|
|Launched||31 Oct 1942|
|Commissioned||24 Mar 1943||Kptlt. Hans-Joachim Brans|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk 17 March 1944 in the mid-Atlantic near the Cape Verde Islands, in position 16.42N, 30.28W, by a Fido homing torpedo from 2 Avenger aircraft (VC-9) of the US escort carrier USS Block Island and depth charges and gunfire from the US destroyer USS Corry and the US destroyer escort USS Bronstein. 10 dead and 47 survivors.
U-801 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Coronel (4 Dec 1943 - 8 Dec 1943)
Coronel 2 (8 Dec 1943 - 14 Dec 1943)
Coronel 3 (14 Dec 1943 - 17 Dec 1943)
Borkum (18 Dec 1943 - 3 Jan 1944)
Attacks on this boat and other events
16 Mar 1944
The boat was attacked by an Avenger aircraft from the escort carrier USS Block Island in mid Atlantic. One man died and nine were wounded. U-801 was sunk the following day. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 535)
1 recorded attack on this boat.
Men lost from the boat
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.