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Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down3 Jul 1942 Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg (werk 364)
Launched3 Feb 1943
Commissioned21 Apr 1943Kptlt. Hans-Jürgen Hellriegel
21 Apr 1943 - 2 Jul 1944  Kptlt. Hans-Jürgen Hellriegel (Knights Cross)
2 patrols
21 Apr 1943-31 Oct 1943  4. Flottille (training)
1 Nov 1943-2 Jul 1944  10. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on 2 July 1944 in the North Atlantic south-west of Canary Islands, in position 25.34N, 21.36W, by depth charges and a Fido homing torpedo from an Avenger aircraft (VC-58 USN/T-30) of the US escort carrier USS Wake Island. 58 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

View the 2 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-543 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Coronel (4 Dec 1943 - 8 Dec 1943)
   Coronel 2 (8 Dec 1943 - 14 Dec 1943)
   Coronel 3 (14 Dec 1943 - 17 Dec 1943)

Attacks on this boat and other events

9 Apr 1944
The boat found a small convoy but its escorts drove the boat off with depth charges. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 556)

19 Apr 1944
After refuelling from U-488 in mid Atlantic near the Tropic of Cancer, U-543 was located by an Avenger aircraft (pilot C. B. Humphrey) from the escort carrier USS Tripoli. The Avenger fired rockets and a Fido homing torpedo, but the boat escaped unharmed. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 557)

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat

This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in February 1944.

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-543 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.

10th Flotilla

Media links

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

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