List of all U-boats




Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down17 Oct 1942 Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 56)
Launched30 Jun 1943
Commissioned4 Aug 1943Oblt. Hans Keerl
4 Aug 1943 - 30 Sep 1943   Hans Keerl
1 Oct 1943 - 16 Jul 1944  Oblt. Friedrich Stege
17 Jul 1944 - 5 May 1945  Oblt. Hermann Neumeister
No patrols
4 Aug 1943-31 Aug 1943  21. Flottitte (training)
1 Sep 1943-1 Jul 1944  23. Flottille (trial boat)
1 Jul 1944-28 Feb 1945  21. Flottille (school boat)
1 Mar 1945-5 May 1945  31. Flottille (training)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Surrendered on 5 May 1945 at Cuxhaven, Germany.

Transferred from Wilhelmshaven to Loch Ryan, Scotland on 24 June 1945.

Operation Deadlight (post-war Allied operation, info)
Sunk on 20 Dec, 1945 in position 55.50N, 09.08W.

Final location

Blue marker shows final fate during Operation Deadlight. Orange marker shows German surrender.

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-291 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.

Coat of Arms of Wiesbaden

Media links

The Grey Wolves of Eriboll

David M. Hird

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth
($ 77.01)

The Royal Navy and German Naval Disarmament, 1942-1947

Madsen, Chris
($ 8.73)
(£ 41.99)
(EUR 24.84)

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel