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German submarine U-881

Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-881
Ordered: 2 April 1942[1]
Builder: AG Weser, Bremen[1]
Yard number: 1089[1]
Laid down: 7 August 1943[1]
Launched: 4 March 1944[1]
Commissioned: 27 May 1944[1]
Fate: sunk by USS Farquhar, 6 May 1945[1]
General characteristics [2]
Type: Type IXC/40 submarine
Displacement: 1,144 t (1,126 long tons) surfaced
1,257 t (1,237 long tons) submerged
Length: 76.76 m (251 ft 10 in) o/a
58.75 m (192 ft 9 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.86 m (22 ft 6 in) o/a 4.44 m (14 ft 7 in) pressure hull
Height: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
Draft: 4.67 m (15 ft 4 in)
Propulsion: 2 × MAN M 9 V 40/46 supercharged 9-cylinder diesel engines, 4,400 hp (3,281 kW)
2 × SSW GU 345/34 double-acting electric motors, 1,000 hp (746 kW)
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph) surfaced
7.3 knots (13.5 km/h; 8.4 mph) submerged
Range: 13,850 nmi (25,650 km; 15,940 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
63 nautical miles (117 km; 72 mi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Complement: 4 officers, 44 enlisted
Service record
Part of:


Identification codes: M 19 715
  • Kptlt. Dr. Karl-Heinz Frischke (May 1944 – May 1945)[1]
Operations: 1 patrols[1]
Victories: None[1]

German submarine U-881 was a Type IXC/40 U-boat of the German Navy during World War II. The ship was ordered on 2 April 1942, laid down on 7 August 1943, and launched on 4 March 1944. She was commissioned into the Kriegsmarine under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Dr.jur. Karl-Heinz Frischke (Crew 36) on 27 May 1944. Initially assigned to the 4th U-boat Flotilla, she was transferred to the 33rd U-boat Flotilla on 1 March 1945.

For her first patrol, U-881 was assigned to operate in US coastal waters with wolf pack Seewolf.[3] During this operation U-881 was depth charged and sunk by the American destroyer escort Farquhar on 6 May 1945 in one of the last actions in American waters of the Atlantic campaign. She sank at position with the loss of all 54 men on board.[1]


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  2. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 105-7.
  3. ^ Blair p 687
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