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SUBMARINES

"XXI" type large submarines (1944-1945)

U3001 1945

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
U2501   2501 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 4/1944 12/5/1944 6/1944 scuttled 3/5/1945
U2502   2502 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 4/1944 15/6/1944 7/1944 surrendered 5/1945, scuttled 3/1/1946
U2503   2503 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 5/1944 29/6/1944 8/1944 sunk 4/5/1945
U2504   2504 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 5/1944 18/7/1944 8/1944 scuttled 3/5/1945
U2505   2505 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 5/1944 27/7/1944 11/1944 scuttled 3/5/1945
U2506   2506 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 5/1944 5/8/1944 8/1944 surrendered 5/1945, scuttled 5/1/1946
U2507   2507 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 6/1944 14/8/1944 9/1944 scuttled 5/5/1945
U2508   2508 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 6/1944 19/8/1944 8/1944 scuttled 5/5/1945
U2509   2509 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 6/1944 27/8/1944 9/1944 sunk 8/4/1945
U2510   2510 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 7/1944 29/8/1944 9/1944 scuttled 2/5/1945
U2511   2511 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 7/1944 2/9/1944 9/1944 surrendered 5/1945, scuttled 7/1/1946
U2512   2512 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 7/1944 7/9/1944 10/1944 scuttled 3/5/1945
U2513   2513 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 7/1944 14/9/1944 10/1944 surrendered 5/1945, to USA 8/1945, sunk as target 7/10/1951
U2514   2514 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 7/1944 17/9/1944 10/1944 sunk 8/4/1945
U2515   2515 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 7/1944 22/9/1944 10/1944 sunk 17/1/1945
U2516   2516 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 8/1944 27/9/1944 10/1944 sunk 9/4/1945
U2517   2517 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 8/1944 4/10/1944 10/1944 scuttled 5/5/1945
U2518   2518 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 8/1944 4/10/1944 11/1944 surrendered 5/1945, to United Kingdom 5/1945, to France 2/1946 (Roland Morillot)
U2519   2519 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 8/1944 13/10/1944 11/1944 scuttled 3/5/1945
U2520   2520 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 8/1944 16/10/1944 11/1944 scuttled 3/5/1945
U2521   2521 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 8/1944 18/10/1944 11/1944 sunk 3/5/1945
U2522   2522 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 8/1944 22/10/1944 11/1944 scuttled 5/5/1945
U2523   2523 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 9/1944 25/10/1944 12/1944 sunk 17/1/1945
U2524   2524 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 9/1944 30/10/1944 1/1945 sunk 3/5/1945
U2525   2525 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 9/1944 30/10/1944 12/1944 scuttled 5/5/1945
U2526   2526 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 9/1944 7/11/1944 12/1944 scuttled 2/5/1945
U2527   2527 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 9/1944 7/11/1944 12/1944 scuttled 2/5/1945
U2528   2528 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 9/1944 13/11/1944 12/1944 scuttled 2/5/1945
U2529   2529 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 9/1944 13/11/1944 2/1945 surrendered 5/1945, to United Kingdom 5/1945, to Soviet Union 1947 (-28 <N-28>)
U2530   2530 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 10/1944 25/11/1944 12/1944 sunk 31/12/1944
U2531   2531 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 10/1944 5/12/1944 1/1945 scuttled 2/5/1945
U2532   2532 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 10/1944 7/12/1944 --- sunk incomplete 31/12/1944
U2533   2533 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 10/1944 7/12/1944 1/1945 scuttled 2/5/1945
U2534   2534 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 10/1944 11/12/1944 1/1945 scuttled 3/5/1945
U2535   2535 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 10/1944 16/12/1944 1/1945 scuttled 2/5/1945
U2536   2536 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 10/1944 16/12/1944 2/1945 scuttled 2/5/1945
U2537   2537 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 10/1944 22/12/1944 3/1945 sunk 30/4/1945
U2538   2538 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 10/1944 6/1/1945 2/1945 scuttled 8/5/1945
U2539   2539 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 10/1944 6/1/1945 2/1945 scuttled 2/5/1945
U2540, 1960- Wilhelm Bauer Y888 2540 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 10/1944 13/1/1945 2/1945 scuttled 4/5/1945, salvaged, re-commissioned 9/1960, stricken 3/1982
U2541   2541 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 10/1944 13/1/1945 3/1945 scuttled 5/5/1945
U2542   2542 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 11/1944 22/1/1945 3/1945 sunk 3/4/1945
U2543   2543 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 11/1944 9/2/1945 3/1945 scuttled 5/5/1945
U2544   2544 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 11/1944 9/2/1945 3/1945 scuttled 5/5/1945
U2545   2545 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 11/1944 22/2/1945 4/1945 scuttled 5/5/1945
U2546   2546 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 11/1944 19/2/1945 3/1945 scuttled 5/5/1945
U2547   2547 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 11/1944 9/3/1945 --- damaged incomplete 11/3/1945, BU
U2548   2548 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 11/1944 9/3/1945 4/1945 scuttled 5/5/1945
U2549   2549 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 12/1944 --- --- damaged incomplete 11/3/1945, BU
U2550   2550 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 12/1944 --- --- damaged incomplete 11/3/1945, BU
U2551   2551 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 12/1944 31/3/1945 4/1945 scuttled 5/5/1945
U2552   2552 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 12/1944 31/3/1945 4/1945 scuttled 3/5/1945
U2553   2553 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 12/1944 --- --- BU incomplete 1945
U2554   2554 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 12/1944 --- --- BU incomplete 1945
U2555   2555 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 12/1944 --- --- BU incomplete 1945
U2556   2556 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 12/1944 --- --- BU incomplete 1945
U2557   2557 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 12/1944 --- --- BU incomplete 1945
U2558   2558 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 2/1945 --- --- BU incomplete 1945
U2559   2559 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 2/1945 --- --- BU incomplete 1945
U2560   2560 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 2/1945 --- --- BU incomplete 1945
U2561   2561 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 2/1945 --- --- BU incomplete 1945
U2562   2562 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 2/1945 --- --- BU incomplete 1945
U2563   2563 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 2/1945 --- --- BU incomplete 1945
U2564   2564 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 2/1945 --- --- BU incomplete 1945
U2565   2565 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2566   2566 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2567   2567 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2568   2568 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2569   2569 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2570   2570 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2571   2571 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2572   2572 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2573   2573 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2574   2574 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2575   2575 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2576   2576 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2577   2577 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2578   2578 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2579   2579 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2580   2580 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2581   2581 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2582   2582 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2583   2583 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2584   2584 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2585   2585 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2586   2586 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2587   2587 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2588   2588 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2589   2589 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2590   2590 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2591   2591 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2592   2592 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2593   2593 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2594   2594 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2595   2595 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2596   2596 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2597   2597 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2598   2598 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2599   2599 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2600   2600 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2601   2601 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2602   2602 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2603   2603 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2604   2604 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2605   2605 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2606   2606 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2607   2607 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U2608   2608 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3001   1160 Deschimag, Bremen 4/1944 30/5/1944 7/1944 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3002   1161 Deschimag, Bremen 5/1944 9/7/1944 8/1944 scuttled 2/5/1945
U3003   1162 Deschimag, Bremen 5/1944 18/7/1944 8/1944 sunk 4/4/1945
U3004   1163 Deschimag, Bremen 6/1944 26/7/1944 8/1944 scuttled 2/5/1945
U3005   1164 Deschimag, Bremen 6/1944 19/8/1944 9/1944 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3006   1165 Deschimag, Bremen 6/1944 25/8/1944 10/1944 scuttled 1/5/1945
U3007   1166 Deschimag, Bremen 7/1944 4/9/1944 10/1944 sunk 24/2/1945
U3008   1167 Deschimag, Bremen 7/1944 14/9/1944 10/1944 scuttled 5/1945, salvaged, to USA 6/1945, sunk as target 5/1954
U3009   1168 Deschimag, Bremen 7/1944 29/9/1944 11/1944 scuttled 1/5/1945
U3010   1169 Deschimag, Bremen 7/1944 10/10/1944 11/1944 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3011   1170 Deschimag, Bremen 8/1944 20/10/1944 12/1944 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3012   1171 Deschimag, Bremen 8/1944 18/10/1944 12/1944 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3013   1172 Deschimag, Bremen 8/1944 19/10/1944 11/1944 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3014   1173 Deschimag, Bremen 8/1944 25/10/1944 12/1944 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3015   1174 Deschimag, Bremen 8/1944 27/10/1944 12/1944 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3016   1175 Deschimag, Bremen 9/1944 2/11/1944 1/1945 scuttled 2/5/1945
U3017   1176 Deschimag, Bremen 9/1944 5/11/1944 1/1945 surrendered 5/1945, to United Kingdom 5/1945 (N41)
U3018   1177 Deschimag, Bremen 9/1944 9/11/1944 1/1945 scuttled 2/5/1945
U3019   1178 Deschimag, Bremen 9/1944 7/11/1944 12/1944 scuttled 2/5/1945
U3020   1179 Deschimag, Bremen 10/1944 16/11/1944 12/1944 scuttled 2/5/1945
U3021   1180 Deschimag, Bremen 9/1944 27/11/1944 1/1945 scuttled 2/5/1945
U3022   1181 Deschimag, Bremen 10/1944 30/11/1944 1/1945 scuttled 5/5/1945
U3023   1182 Deschimag, Bremen 10/1944 2/12/1944 1/1945 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3024   1183 Deschimag, Bremen 10/1944 6/12/1944 1/1945 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3025   1184 Deschimag, Bremen 10/1944 9/12/1944 1/1945 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3026   1185 Deschimag, Bremen 10/1944 14/12/1944 1/1945 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3027   1186 Deschimag, Bremen 10/1944 18/12/1944 1/1945 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3028   1187 Deschimag, Bremen 10/1944 22/12/1944 1/1945 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3029   1188 Deschimag, Bremen 10/1944 28/12/1944 2/1945 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3030   1189 Deschimag, Bremen 11/1944 31/12/1944 2/1945 scuttled 8/5/1945
U3031   1190 Deschimag, Bremen 10/1944 6/1/1945 2/1945 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3032   1191 Deschimag, Bremen 11/1944 10/1/1945 2/1945 sunk 3/5/1945
U3033   1192 Deschimag, Bremen 11/1944 20/1/1945 2/1945 scuttled 4/5/1945
U3034   1193 Deschimag, Bremen 11/1944 21/1/1945 3/1945 scuttled 4/5/1945
U3035   1194 Deschimag, Bremen 11/1944 24/1/1945 3/1945 surrendered 5/1945, to United Kingdom 6/1945 (N28), to Soviet Union 1947 (-29 <N-29>)
U3036   1195 Deschimag, Bremen 11/1944 27/1/1945 2/1945 sunk 30/3/1945
U3037   1196 Deschimag, Bremen 11/1944 31/1/1945 3/1945 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3038   1197 Deschimag, Bremen 12/1944 7/2/1945 3/1945 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3039   1198 Deschimag, Bremen 11/1944 14/2/1945 3/1945 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3040   1199 Deschimag, Bremen 12/1944 10/2/1945 3/1945 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3041   1200 Deschimag, Bremen 12/1944 13/2/1945 3/1945 surrendered 5/1945, to United Kingdom 5/1945 (N29), to Soviet Union 1947 (-30 <N-30>)
U3042   1201 Deschimag, Bremen 12/1944 --- --- sunk incomplete 22/2/1945
U3043   1202 Deschimag, Bremen 12/1944 --- --- sunk incomplete 22/2/1945
U3044   1203 Deschimag, Bremen 12/1944 1/3/1945 3/1945 scuttled 5/5/1945
U3045   1204 Deschimag, Bremen 12/1944 6/3/1945 --- sunk incomplete 30/3/1945
U3046   1205 Deschimag, Bremen 12/1944 10/3/1945 --- sunk incomplete 30/3/1945
U3047   1206 Deschimag, Bremen 1/1945 11/4/1945 5/1945 scuttled 5/5/1945
U3048   1207 Deschimag, Bremen 12/1944 --- --- BU incomplete 1945
U3049   1208 Deschimag, Bremen 12/1944 --- --- BU incomplete 1945
U3050   1209 Deschimag, Bremen 1/1945 18/4/1945 --- scuttled incomplete 5/5/1945
U3051   1210 Deschimag, Bremen 1/1945 20/4/1945 --- scuttled incomplete 5/5/1945
U3052   1211 Deschimag, Bremen 1/1945 --- --- BU incomplete 1945
U3053   1212 Deschimag, Bremen 1/1945 --- --- BU incomplete 1945
U3054   1213 Deschimag, Bremen 1/1945 --- --- BU incomplete 1945
U3055   1214 Deschimag, Bremen 1/1945 --- --- BU incomplete 1945
U3056   1215 Deschimag, Bremen 2/1945 --- --- BU incomplete 1945
U3057   1216 Deschimag, Bremen 2/1945 --- --- BU incomplete 1945
U3058   1217 Deschimag, Bremen 2/1945 --- --- BU incomplete 1945
U3059   1218 Deschimag, Bremen 2/1945 --- --- BU incomplete 1945
U3060   1219 Deschimag, Bremen 2/1945 --- --- BU incomplete 1945
U3061   1220 Deschimag, Bremen 2/1945 --- --- BU incomplete 1945
U3062   1221 Deschimag, Bremen 3/1945 --- --- BU incomplete 1945
U3063   1222 Deschimag, Bremen 3/1945 --- --- BU incomplete 1945
U3064   1223 Deschimag, Bremen --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3065   1224 Deschimag, Bremen --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3066   1225 Deschimag, Bremen --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3067   1226 Deschimag, Bremen --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3068   1227 Deschimag, Bremen --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3069   1228 Deschimag, Bremen --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3070   1229 Deschimag, Bremen --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3071   1230 Deschimag, Bremen --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3072   1231 Deschimag, Bremen --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3073   1232 Deschimag, Bremen --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3074   1233 Deschimag, Bremen --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3075   1234 Deschimag, Bremen --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3076   1235 Deschimag, Bremen --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3077   1236 Deschimag, Bremen --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3078   1237 Deschimag, Bremen --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3079   1238 Deschimag, Bremen --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3080   1239 Deschimag, Bremen --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3081   1240 Deschimag, Bremen --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3082   1241 Deschimag, Bremen --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3083   1242 Deschimag, Bremen --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3084   1243 Deschimag, Bremen --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3085   1244 Deschimag, Bremen --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3086   1245 Deschimag, Bremen --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3087   1246 Deschimag, Bremen --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3088   1247 Deschimag, Bremen --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3501   1646 Schichau, Elbing 3/1944 19/4/1944 7/1944 scuttled 5/5/1945
U3502   1647 Schichau, Elbing 4/1944 6/7/1944 8/1944 damaged 3/5/1945, never repaired
U3503   1648 Schichau, Elbing 6/1944 27/7/1944 9/1944 scuttled 8/5/1945
U3504   1649 Schichau, Elbing 6/1944 15/8/1944 9/1944 scuttled 2/5/1945
U3505   1650 Schichau, Elbing 7/1944 25/8/1944 10/1944 sunk 3/5/1945
U3506   1651 Schichau, Elbing 7/1944 28/8/1944 10/1944 scuttled 2/5/1945
U3507   1652 Schichau, Elbing 7/1944 16/9/1944 10/1944 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3508   1653 Schichau, Elbing 7/1944 22/9/1944 11/1944 sunk 4/3/1945
U3509   1654 Schichau, Elbing 7/1944 27/9/1944 1/1945 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3510   1655 Schichau, Elbing 8/1944 4/10/1944 11/1944 scuttled 5/5/1945
U3511   1656 Schichau, Elbing 8/1944 11/10/1944 11/1944 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3512   1657 Schichau, Elbing 8/1944 11/10/1944 11/1944 sunk 8/4/1945
U3513   1658 Schichau, Elbing 8/1944 21/10/1944 12/1944 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3514   1659 Schichau, Elbing 8/1944 21/10/1944 12/1944 surrendered 5/1945, scuttled 12/2/1946
U3515   1660 Schichau, Elbing 8/1944 4/11/1944 12/1944 surrendered 5/1945, to United Kingdom 5/1945 (N30), to Soviet Union 1947 (-27 <N-27>)
U3516   1661 Schichau, Elbing 8/1944 4/11/1944 12/1944 scuttled 2/5/1945
U3517   1662 Schichau, Elbing 9/1944 11/11/1944 12/1944 scuttled 2/5/1945
U3518   1663 Schichau, Elbing 9/1944 11/11/1944 12/1944 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3519   1664 Schichau, Elbing 9/1944 23/11/1944 1/1945 sunk 2/3/1945
U3520   1665 Schichau, Elbing 9/1944 23/11/1944 1/1945 sunk 31/1/1945
U3521   1666 Schichau, Elbing 9/1944 3/12/1944 1/1945 scuttled 2/5/1945
U3522   1667 Schichau, Elbing 9/1944 3/12/1944 1/1945 scuttled 2/5/1945
U3523   1668 Schichau, Elbing 10/1944 14/12/1944 1/1945 sunk 6/5/1945
U3524   1669 Schichau, Elbing 10/1944 14/12/1944 1/1945 scuttled 5/5/1945
U3525   1670 Schichau, Elbing 10/1944 23/12/1944 1/1945 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3526   1671 Schichau, Elbing 10/1944 23/12/1944 3/1945 scuttled 5/5/1945
U3527   1672 Schichau, Elbing 10/1944 10/1/1945 3/1945 scuttled 5/5/1945
U3528   1673 Schichau, Elbing 10/1944 10/1/1945 3/1945 scuttled 5/5/1945
U3529   1674 Schichau, Elbing 11/1944 26/1/1945 3/1945 scuttled 5/5/1945
U3530   1675 Schichau, Elbing 11/1944 26/1/1945 3/1945 scuttled 3/5/1945
U3531   1676 Schichau, Elbing 11/1944 3/2/1945 --- BU incomplete
U3532   1677 Schichau, Elbing 11/1944 3/2/1945 --- BU incomplete
U3533   1678 Schichau, Elbing 11/1944 14/2/1945 --- BU incomplete
U3534   1679 Schichau, Elbing 11/1944 14/2/1945 --- BU incomplete
U3535   1680 Schichau, Elbing 11/1944 --- --- BU incomplete
U3536   1681 Schichau, Elbing 11/1944 --- --- BU incomplete
U3537   1682 Schichau, Elbing 12/1944 --- --- BU incomplete
U3538   1683 Schichau, Elbing 12/1944 12/7/1945 --- captured incomplete by Soviet Union 30/3/1945 (-1 <P-1>)
U3539   1684 Schichau, Elbing 12/1944 15/7/1945 --- captured incomplete by Soviet Union 30/3/1945 (-2 <P-2>)
U3540   1685 Schichau, Elbing 12/1944 15/7/1945 --- captured incomplete by Soviet Union 30/3/1945 (-3 <P-3>)
U3541   1686 Schichau, Elbing 1/1945 15/7/1945 --- captured incomplete by Soviet Union 30/3/1945 (-4 <P-4>)
U3542   1687 Schichau, Elbing 1/1945 15/7/1945 --- captured incomplete by Soviet Union 30/3/1945 (-5 <P-5>)
U3543   1688 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3544   1689 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3545   1690 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3546   1691 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3547   1692 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3548   1693 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3549   1694 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3550   1695 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3551   1696 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3552   1697 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3553   1698 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3554   1699 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3555   1700 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3556   1701 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3557   1702 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3558   1703 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3559   1704 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3560   1705 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3561   1706 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3562   1707 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3563   1708 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3564   1709 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3565   1710 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3566   1711 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3567   1712 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3568   1713 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3569   1714 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3570   1715 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired
U3571   1716 Schichau, Elbing --- --- --- never laid down, part of hull sections were prepaired

 

Displacement standard, t

 

Displacement normal, t

1621 / 1819

Length, m

76.7

Breadth, m

8.00

Draught, m

6.32

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 MAN diesels / 2 SSW electric motors + 2 SSW crouching electric motors

Power, h. p.

4000 / 4400 + 226

Max speed, kts

15.6 / 17.2

Fuel, t

diesel oil 253

Endurance, nm(kts) 15500(10) / 340(5)

Armament

most: 2 x 2 - 20/65 C/38, 6 - 533 TT (bow, 23 or 17+12 mines)

some few: 2 x 2 - 30/73 FlaK 103, 6 - 533 TT (bow, 23 or 17+12 mines)

Sensors FuMO61 or FuMO65 radar, SU-Apparat, TAG sonars, GHG, Balkon-Gerät hydrophones, FuMB 3 Bali, FuMB 6 Palau ECM suites

Complement

57

Diving depth operational, m 135

Ship project history: Most perfect submarines of the World War II era and one of the most revolutionary designs in shipbuilding history. The decision on designing was accepted in April, 1943 after abandoning from works over XVIII series with hydrogen peroxide turbines. New boats were developed on their basis, but with replacement of experimental machinery by traditional diesel-electric with strongly increased battery capacity, thanks to what XXI series boats (and XXIII series as their smaller analogue) has received nickname "Elektroboot". The design concept provided for possibility during all route to be in submerged position, never surfacing.

Double-hulled, an outer hull and fin structure had new streamline form, with a minimum of appendages; pressure hull with 28-31mm-thickness amidships had cross-section in the form of "8". A working diving depth was 135m, maximal 200m; minimal diving time was 18sec. Main electric motors worked on shafts through reduction gears. Besides them, there were two low-powered "crouching" motors, ensuring silent 6kts submerged speed. There was a snorkel. Armament included only bow TTs with fast recharge system: theoretically, XXI series submarine could shoot all torpedoes during a half an hour. Instead of 6 torpedoes in TTs submarine can carry 12 TMA mines. Strong artillery have refused, having limited by two twin 30mm MGs (because of unavailability of the latter the majority of boats was commissioned with two twin 20mm MGs) in the streamline cupolas included to CT contours. All boats received sonars and active and passive radars.

Method of building of the boats was also progressive, providing their assemblage from eight large ready sections. It has allowed to moderate building term of one submarine till 176 days and it is significant to shrink work expenditures. Order for first 270 submarines was given out to three manufacturers 6/11/1943 with delivery term by February, 1945; till the end of 1944 828 submarines were totally ordered. Before capitulation of Germany 121 submarines were commissioned, 11 more (U2532, U2547, U3045, U3046, U3047, U3050, U3051, U3531, U3532, U3533 and U3534) have been destroyed during outfitting after launch. After passing trials many boats had to come back to shipyards for elimination of "children's illnesses" that has significantly delayed their ultimate availability, therefore unique XXI-series submarine gone out to route became U2511.

XXI series had many modifications remained on paper. There could been XXIB with 6 side-placed TT directed aft on place of part of spare torpedoes (Nickname "Snow organ"); 83m-long XXIC with 12 side-placed TT directed aft on place of former spare torpedo compartment (submarine had no spare torpedoes!); fuel supplier XXID with 430t of diesel oil in inter-hull space and only 2 bow TT without spare torpedoes (1949t surfaced); transport XXIE carrying 800t of cargo in inter-hull holds (2809t surfaced); fuel supplier XXIV: modification of XXID; transport XXIT (275t of cargo, armament as on XXID).

Modernizations: U2549 was damaged by Allied aircraft 3/5/1945 and scuttled by own crew next day. She was salvaged 3/11/1958 and re-built as type 241 with data as follows:

Bundesmarine: U2540 was recommissioned in 1960 as trials submarine.

Wilhelm Bauer 1968

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Wilhelm Bauer (ex-U2540) Y888 2540 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg // Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 10/1944 13/1/1945 2/1945 // 9/1960 trials submarine 4/1968, stricken 3/1982

 

Displacement standard, t

 

Displacement normal, t

1621 / 1819

Length, m

76.7 oa 75.4 wl

Breadth, m

8.00

Draught, m

6.32

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 MAN diesels / 2 SSW electric motors + 2 SSW crouching electric motors

Power, h. p.

4000 / 4400 + 226

Max speed, kts

15.6 / 17.2

Fuel, t

diesel oil 253

Endurance, nm(kts) 15500(10) / 340(5)

Armament

4 - 533 TT (bow, 23)

Sensors radar, SU-Apparat, TAG sonars, GHG, Balkon-Gerät hydrophones

Complement

57

Diving depth operational, m 135

 

early 1960s, Wilhelm Bauer: received power plant as type 206 submarines (2 Mercedes-Benz diesel-generators / 1 electric motor, 1200 / 1500hp, 1 shaft)

 

Naval service: U2530 and U2537 were lost 31/12/1944 during raid of US 8th Air Army bombers to Hamburg. U2537 subsequently was raised and repaired, 30/4/1945 she was again sunk by British aircraft at Hamburg. U2515 and U2523 were lost 17/1/1945 during raid of US 8th Air Army bombers to Hamburg. U3520 was lost 31/1/1945 on British aviation mine in Kiel bight. U3007 was lost 24/2/1945 during raid of US 8th Air Army bombers to Bremen. U3519 was lost 2/3/1945 on British aviation mine N off Warnemünde. U3508 was lost 30/3/1945 during raid of US 8th Air Army bombers to Wilhelmshaven. U3036 was lost 30/3/1945 during raid of US 8th Air Army bombers to Bremen. U3003 was lost 4/4/1945 during raid of US 8th Air Army bombers to Kiel. U2509, U2514 and U3512 were lost 8/4/1945 during raid of American and British bombers to Hamburg. During the same raid U3502 was hard damaged, then she was stricken and 3/5/1945 scuttled at Hamburg. U2516 was lost 9/4/1945 during raid of British bombers to Kiel. U3012 was sunk 3/5/1945 by American fighters-bombers in Mecklenburg bight E off Fehmarn. U3032 was sunk 3/5/1945 by Typhoon fighters-bombers of 184th RAF sqn in Mecklenburg bight E off Fehmarn. U2503 was hard damaged 4/5/1945 by Beaufighters of 236th and 254th RAF sqns in Great Belt and scuttled by own crew. U2521 was sunk 4/5/1945 by Typhoon fighters-bombers of 184th RAF sqn in Flensburg-fjord.

U2540 was scuttled by crew 4/5/1945 at Flensburg, in 1957 she was raised and commissioned by Bundesmarine as Wilhelm Bauer, in 1984 she became a museum.

U3523 was sunk 6/5/1945 by Liberators of 86th RAF sqn in Skagerrack.

Following submarines were scuttled by crews: U2501, U2504, U2505, U3004 and U3506 3/5/1945 at Hamburg; U2507, U2517, U2522, U2525, U2541, U3015, U3044, U3510, U3524, U3526 and U3529 5/5/1945 in Gelting Bay; U2508, U2519, U2520, U2539, U2542, U2543, U2545, U2546, U2548, U2552, U3022, U3028, U3029, U3031, U3038, U3039, U3040, U3505, U3518, U3525 and U3530 3/5/1945 at Kiel; U2510, U2526, U2527, U2528, U2531, U2533, U2535, U2536, U3002, U3010, U3011, U3013, U3016, U3018, U3019, U3020, U3021, U3023, U3025, U3026, U3027, U3037, U3507, U3511, U3513, U3516, U3517, U3521 and U3522 2/5/1945 at Travemünde; U2512 and U3030 8/5/1945 at Eckernförde; U2524 and U2534 3/5/1945 in Mecklenburg Bight E off Fehmarn; U2538 8/5/1945 in Kiel bay at island Aaro; U2544 5/5/1945 in Kattegat SE off Aarhus; U2551, U3033 and U3034 5/5/1945 in Flensburg-fjord; U3001, U3005, U3009, U3047, U3501, U3509, U3527 and U3528 5/5/1945 off Wesermünde; U3006 and U3504 5/5/1945 at Wilhelmshaven; U3014 and U3024 3/5/1945 at Neustadt; U3503 8/5/1945 in Kattegat W off Göteborg.

U2502, U2506, U2511 and U3514 surrendered, and were scuttled by Allies during operation "Deadlight".

Some submarines were transferred on reparations to other countries. USA received U2513 (scuttled 1951) and U3008 (BU 1955). United Kingdom received U3017 (renamed N41, BU 1949). France got U2518 (renamed Roland Morillot, BU 1969). The USSR received U3035 (renamed N-29, then B-29, BU 1958), U2529 (N-28, then B-28, BU 1958), U3041 (N-30, then B-30, BU 1959) and U3515 (N-27, then B-27, BU 1973).

 

1945

Wilhelm Bauer 1973

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-16