|Ordered||10 Apr 1941|
|Laid down||10 Feb 1942||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 154)|
|Launched||28 Oct 1942|
|Commissioned||23 Dec 1942||Kptlt. Odo Loewe|
|Successes||No ships sunk or damaged|
Sunk on 19 May 1943 in the North Atlantic south-east of Cape Farewell, Greenland, in position 54.54N, 34.19W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Jed and the British sloop HMS Sennen. 47 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, October 1991).
Previously recorded fate
- Sunk on 19 May, 1943 southeast of Cape Farewell, Greenland, in position 55.09N, 35.18W by depth charges from a British Liberator aircraft (Sqdn. 120/T). (Postwar assessment)
Notes. This attack was in fact against U-731 inflicting no damages.
U-954 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Meise (25 Apr 1943 - 27 Apr 1943)
Star (27 Apr 1943 - 4 May 1943)
Fink (4 May 1943 - 6 May 1943)
Inn (11 May 1943 - 15 May 1943)
Donau 2 (15 May 1943 - 19 May 1943)
General notes on this boat
19 May 1943. Peter Dönitz, youngest son of Admiral Dönitz, was serving as a watch officer on this boat and perished with the rest of the crew.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-954 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
The Laughing Sawfish - 9th Flotilla