List of all U-boats

U-801

Type

IXC/40

 
Ordered7 Dec 1940
Laid down30 Sep 1941 Deutsche Schiff und Maschinenbau AG, Bremen (werk 359)
Launched31 Oct 1942
Commissioned24 Mar 1943Kptlt. Hans-Joachim Brans
Commanders
24 Mar 1943 - 17 Mar 1944  Kptlt. Hans-Joachim Brans
Career
2 patrols
24 Mar 1943-31 Oct 1943  4. Flottille (training)
1 Nov 1943-17 Mar 1944  2. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

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.

Loss position

View the 2 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

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

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.

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

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Media links


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

Wynn, Kenneth


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel