|Ordered||5 Jun 1941|
|Laid down||24 Aug 1942||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 181)|
|Launched||29 Apr 1943|
|Commissioned||3 Jun 1943||Oblt. Walter Sitek|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk 12 Aug 1944 in the Bay of Biscay at La Rochelle, in position 45.41N, 01.25W, by an air-laid mine (field "Cinnamon") and depth charges from a British Handley Page Halifax aircraft (Sqdn. 502/F). 12 dead and 40 survivors.
U-981 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Coronel 1 (14 Dec 1943 - 17 Dec 1943)
Sylt (18 Dec 1943 - 23 Dec 1943)
Rügen 1 (23 Dec 1943 - 28 Dec 1943)
Rügen 2 (28 Dec 1943 - 7 Jan 1944)
Rügen (7 Jan 1944 - 26 Jan 1944)
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-981 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.