List of all U-boats




Ordered21 Nov 1936
Laid down27 Nov 1937 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 946)
Launched28 Jan 1939
Commissioned22 Apr 1939Oblt. Gustav-Adolf Mugler
22 Apr 1939 - 5 Feb 1940  Kptlt. Gustav-Adolf Mugler
3 patrols
22 Apr 1939-31 Aug 1939  6. Flottille (active service)
1 Sep 1939-31 Dec 1939  6. Flottille (active service)
1 Jan 1940-5 Feb 1940  2. Flottille (active service)
Successes5 ships sunk, total tonnage 22,815 GRT
2 ships captured, total tonnage 2,073 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 8,096 GRT

Sunk on 5 February 1940 in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 49.20N, 10.04W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Antelope. 49 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 8 ships hit by U-41 - View the 3 war patrols

Attacks on this boat and other events

16 Nov 1939
British escorts from convoy SL 7 hunted and depth charged the boat for 20 hours. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 119)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-41 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

Media links

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

There was another U-41 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 10 Oct 1914 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 1 Feb 1915. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 41 during WWI.

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