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Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down8 Feb 1943 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 685)
Launched3 Feb 1944
Commissioned4 Mar 1944Oblt. Heinrich von Holleben
4 Mar 1944 - 26 Jan 1945  Oblt. Heinrich von Holleben
1 patrol
4 Mar 1944-31 Dec 1944  5. Flottille (training)
1 Jan 1945-26 Jan 1945  11. Flottille (active service)
Successes1 ship sunk, total tonnage 1,152 GRT
1 warship a total loss, total tonnage 1,300 tons

Sunk on 26 January 1945 in the Irish Sea south of the Isle of Man, in position 53.39N, 05.23W, by ramming and depth charges from the British frigates HMS Aylmer, HMS Calder, HMS Bentinck and HMS Manners. 47 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, April 1984).

Loss position

See the 2 ships hit by U-1051 - View the 1 war patrol

After U-1051 torpedoed HMS Manners, she was located by HMS Bentinck and attacked with depth charges, soon thereafter joined by HMS Aylmer and HMS Calder. The boat was forced to surface, came under fire by the frigates and sank after being rammed by HMS Aylmer.

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk by the British frigates HMS Tyler, Keats and Bligh on 27 Jan, 1945 in St George´s Channel, in position 52.24N, 05.42W. (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack was actually responsible for the loss of U-1172.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat

This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in March 1944.

Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-1051 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

Swordfish and a Seven

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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

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