|Ordered||23 Dec 1939|
|Laid down||21 Dec 1940||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1013)|
|Launched||11 Aug 1941|
|Commissioned||15 Nov 1941||Fregkpt. Heinz-Ehler Beucke|
|Successes||1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 9,359 GRT|
2 auxiliary warships damaged, total tonnage 18,285 GRT
1 warship damaged, total tonnage 1,630 tons
Sunk on 16 November 1942 in the North Atlantic west of Casablanca, in position 33.40N, 07.35W, by depth charges from the US destroyers USS Woolsey, USS Swanson and USS Quick. 57 dead (all hands lost).
U-173 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Schlagetot (9 Nov 1942 - 16 Nov 1942)
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-173 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
City Key of Bremen
3 Dice and a Cup