|Ordered||20 Jan 1941|
|Laid down||21 Oct 1941||Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 36)|
|Launched||29 Jul 1942|
|Commissioned||23 Sep 1942||Kptlt. Curt Barleben|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk on 28 January 1944 in the North Atlantic west of Ireland, in position 53.15N, 15.52W, by depth charges from a US Liberator aircraft (VB-103 USN/E). 51 dead (all hands lost).
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Attacks on this boat and other events
24 Jun 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down: American PB4Y-1 Liberator BuNo 32046 (VB-103 USN/B-9, pilot Lt Hubert Kearsley Reese Jr, USNR) 0850hrs, SSE of Cape Farewell, Greenland: when the Liberator (misidentified as PBM Mariner flying boat) approached from astern, U-271 evaded by turning hard to port and opened AA fire at a distance of 800m (874 yards). The Germans observed hits to the cockpit and the fuselage just before four depth charges were dropped and the aircraft crashed in flames approx. 1500m (1 mile) away. They searched the area, but all ten aircrew had perished. The depth charges damaged some of the batteries, the compressors, the forward latrine, the hydrophones and three torpedoes stored in the bow compartment, but the U-boat was able to continue her patrol after the crew carried out repairs.
2 recorded attacks on this boat.
Men lost from the boat
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
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