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Ordered23 Mar 1942
Laid down17 Apr 1943 Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 66)
Launched8 Dec 1943
Commissioned12 Jan 1944Oblt. Erwin Knipping
12 Jan 1944 - Apr, 1945  Oblt. (R) Erwin Knipping
Apr, 1945 - 9 May 1945  Oblt. (R) Sven Thienemann
No patrols
12 Jan 1944-30 Sep 1944  8. Flottille (training)
1 Oct 1944-8 May 1945  33. Flottille (training)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Surrendered on 9 May 1945 at Bergen, Norway (Waller & Niestlé, 2010).

Transferred to Loch Ryan, Scotland on 2 June 1945.

Operation Deadlight (post-war Allied operation, info)
Sunk on 8 Dec, 1945 in position 55.28N, 07.20W.

Final location

This boat is a dive site

Innes McCartney dove on this boat in 2002 (see his report).

Depth: 196 feet (60 meters)
Position (lat, long): 55.28, -7.20

See more U-boat dive sites.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-1271 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.


Media links

The Grey Wolves of Eriboll

David M. Hird

The Royal Navy and German Naval Disarmament, 1942-1947

Madsen, Chris
($ 58.77)

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth

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