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German submarine U-1051
Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-1051
Ordered: 5 June 1941
Builder: Germaniawerft, Kiel
Yard number: 685
Laid down: 8 February 1943
Launched: 3 February 1944
Commissioned: 4 March 1944
Fate: Sunk 26 January 1945 in the Irish Sea in position 53°39′N 05°23′W / 53.65°N 5.383°W / 53.65; -5.383, by ramming and depth charges from Royal Navy frigates HMS Aylmer, HMS Calder, HMS Bentinck, HMS Manners.
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Type VIIC submarine
Displacement: 769 tonnes (757 long tons) surfaced
871 t (857 long tons) submerged
Length: 67.1 m (220 ft 2 in) o/a
50.5 m (165 ft 8 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in) o/a
4.7 m (15 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Draft: 4.74 m (15 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 2 × supercharged Germaniawerft 6-cylinder 4-stroke F46 diesel engines, totalling 2,800–3,200 bhp (2,100–2,400 kW). Max rpm: 470-490
2 × BBC GG UB 720/8 electric motors, totalling 750 shp (560 kW) and max rpm: 296
Speed: 17.7 knots (32.8 km/h; 20.4 mph) surfaced
7.6 knots (14.1 km/h; 8.7 mph) submerged
Range: 8,500 nmi (15,700 km) at 10 kn (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
80 nmi (150 km) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 44–52 officers & ratings
Armament: 5 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedo tubes (4 bow, 1 stern)
14 × torpedoes or 26 TMA mines
1 × 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun (220 rounds)
Various AA guns
Service record[2]
Part of: 5th U-boat Flotilla
(4 March 1944 - 31 December 1944) - Training
11th U-boat Flotilla
(1 January 1945 - 26 January 1945)
Commanders: Oblt.z.S. Heinrich von Holleben
(4 March 1944 - 26 January 1945)
Operations: 1st patrol:
28 December 1944 - 26 January 1945
Victories: 1 merchant ship sunk (1,152 GRT)
1 warship total loss (1,300 tons)

German submarine U-1051 was a Type VIIC U-boat built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine for service during World War II. She was laid down on 8 February 1943 by Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel as yard number 685, launched on 3 February 1944 and commissioned on 4 March 1944 under Oberleutnant zur See Heinrich von Holleben.

Service History[edit | edit source]

The boat's career began with training at 5th U-boat Flotilla on 4 March 1944, followed by active service on 1 January 1945 as part of the 11th Flotilla and was sunk just 3 weeks later on her first patrol.

In 1 patrol she sank 1 merchant ship, for a total of 1,152 gross register tons (GRT) and 1 warship total loss for 1,300 tons.

Wolfpacks[edit | edit source]

U-1051 took part in no wolfpacks.

Fate[edit | edit source]

U-1051 was sunk 26 January 1945 in the Irish Sea in position 53°39′N 05°23′W / 53.65°N 5.383°W / 53.65; -5.383, by ramming and depth charges from Royal Navy frigates HMS Aylmer, HMS Calder, HMS Bentinck, HMS Manners. All hands were lost.

Summary of Raiding Career[edit | edit source]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate[3]
21 January 1945 Galatea  Norway 1,152 Sunk
21 January 1945 HMS Manners  Royal Navy 1,300 Total loss

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Gröner 1985, pp. 72-74.
  2. Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type VIIC boat U-1051". http://www.uboat.net/boats/u1051.html. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  3. Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by U-1051". http://www.uboat.net/boats/successes/u1051.html. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • Busch, Rainer; Röll, Hans-Joachim (1999) (in German). Deutsche U-Boot-Verluste von September 1939 bis Mai 1945. IV. Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn: Mittler. ISBN 3-8132-0514-2. 
  • Gröner, Erich (1985) (in German). U-Boote, Hilfskreuzer, Minenschiffe, Netzleger, Sperrbrecher. III. Koblenz: Bernard & Graefe. ISBN 3-7637-4802-4. 
  • Sharpe, Peter (1998). U-Boat Fact File. Great Britain: Midland Publishing. ISBN 1-85780-072-9. 

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