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Ordered10 Apr 1941
Laid down10 Feb 1942 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 154)
Launched28 Oct 1942
Commissioned23 Dec 1942Kptlt. Odo Loewe
23 Dec 1942 - 19 May 1943  Kptlt. Odo Loewe
1 patrol
23 Dec 1942-30 Apr 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 May 1943-19 May 1943  9. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo 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).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

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.

Wolfpack operations

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.

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.

U-boat Emblems

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

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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