|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 and other events
15 Jun 1944
The boat repelled an attack by a British Sunderland flying boat (OTU 4 training Sqdn) while passing near the Faeroes by night. No damage. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 590)
20 Jun 1944
A Canadian Wellington bomber (Sqdn 407, pilot F. H. Foster) approached using the Leigh Light and depth charged the boat, damaging three out of four 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 flying boat (Sqdn 228) and a British Halifax bomber (Sqdn 502), causing yet more damage to the boat. The boat still persisted with her patrol, and was sunk by aircraft three 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.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.