List of all U-boats

U-981

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down24 Aug 1942 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 181)
Launched29 Apr 1943
Commissioned3 Jun 1943Oblt. Walter Sitek
Commanders
3 Jun 1943 - 27 Jun 1944  Oblt. Walter Sitek
28 Jun 1944 - 12 Aug 1944  Oblt. Günther Keller
Career
3 patrols
3 Jun 1943-30 Nov 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Dec 1943-12 Aug 1944  6. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

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.

Loss position

View the 3 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

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.

U-boat Emblems

We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Black Hat

Compass Rose

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