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Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down12 May 1942 Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 361)
Launched18 Dec 1942
Commissioned10 Mar 1943Kptlt. Lorenz Kasch
10 Mar 1943 - 17 Oct 1943  Kptlt. Lorenz Kasch
1 patrol
10 Mar 1943-30 Sep 1943  4. Flottille (training)
1 Oct 1943-17 Oct 1943  10. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on 17 October 1943 in the North Atlantic south-east of Cape Farewell, Greenland, in position 58.38N, 31.56W, by depth charges from two British Liberator aircraft (59 Sqn RAF/D & 120 Sqn RAF/H). 55 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

Wolfpack operations

U-540 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Schlieffen (16 Oct 1943 - 17 Oct 1943)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-540 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 2

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

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