|Ordered||5 Jun 1941|
|Laid down||15 Jun 1942||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 171)|
|Launched||22 Feb 1943|
|Commissioned||1 Apr 1943||Oblt. Walter Zeplien|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk 24 Jun, 1944 in the English Channel north of Brest, in position 49.01N, 05.35W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Eskimo, the Canadian Destroyer HMCS Haida and depth charges from a Czech Liberator aircraft (Sqdn. 311/O). 1 dead and 51 survivors.
Attacks on this boat
15 Jun 1944
During the night as the boat passed near the Faeroes the boat was attacked by a British Sunderland aircraft but managed to repel it and continue undamaged. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 590)
20 Jun 1944
A Canadian Leigh-light equipped Wellington aircraft (Sqdn, pilot F. H. Foster) depth charged the boat, damaging 3 of its 4 bow torpedo tubes. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 590)
21 Jun 1944
For the third time on this patrol the boat was attacked by Allied aircraft. On this day two more attacked; a British Sunderland (Sqdn 228) and a British Halifax (Sqdn 502) causing yet more damage to the boat. The boat still persisted with its patrol and was sunk by aircraft 3 days later while enroute to base at Brest, France. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 590)
3 recorded attacks 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-971 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
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