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U BOATS IN ACTION SOUTH ATLANTIC - U 154 U 199

18)U 181



Ordered 15 Aug 1940


Laid down 15 Mar 1941 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1021)


Launched 30 Dec 1941


Commissioned 09 May 42  Kptlt. Wolfgang Lüth (Knights Cross)


Commanders

9 May 1942 - 31 Oct 1943  KrvKpt. Wolfgang Lüth (Knights Cross)


1 Nov 19432 - 5 May 1945  Kpt. Kurt Freiwald


Career

4 patrols      


9 May 1942 - 30 Sep 1942  4. Flotille (training)


1 Oct 1942 - 31 Oct 1942  10. Flotille (active service)  


1 Nov 1942 - 30 Sep 1944  12. Flotille (active service) 


1 Oct 1944 - 5 May  1945  33. Flotille (active service)         


Successes U-181 had 27 ships sunk for a total of 138,779 GRT


Fate: Taken over by Japan at Singapore in May 1945 and became the Japanese submarine I 501 on 15 July 1945. On 15 Feb 1946 (GMT), towed by HM Tug Assiduous to the Straits of Malacca, off Singapore, where U-181 (I-501) was scuttled (alongside I 502 / U-862) by the frigate HMS Loch Glendhu.


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In the South Atlantic U-181 sank 4 ships for a total of 39,554 DWT


EMPIRE WHIMBREL - JANETA - EAST INDIAN - PLAUDIT - K.G. MELDAHL


 EMPIRE WHIMBREL


 JANETA


 EAST  INDIAN


 

 PLAUDIT


 K.G MELDAHL


 

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