|Ordered||23 Dec 1939|
|Laid down||30 Jan 1941||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1015)|
|Launched||2 Sep 1941|
|Commissioned||5 Dec 1941||Kptlt. Heinrich Bruns|
|Successes||10 ships sunk, total tonnage 40,619 GRT|
Sunk on 17 April 1943 in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 47.53N, 22.04W, by depth charges and gunfire from the US Coast Guard cutter USCGC Spencer. 13 dead and 41 survivors.
U-175 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Without name (15 Apr 1943 - 17 Apr 1943)
Attacks on this boat and other events
2 Oct 1942
The boat was attacked twice by an American B-18 bomber (USAAF) but suffered no damage.
1 Jan 1943
1853hrs, off Sierra Leone: 5 bombs dropped by a British Catalina aircraft (270 Sqn RAF/V), causing minor damage. (Sources: Rohwer/Ritschel)
30 Jan 1943
1657hrs, southwest of Dakar: A British Catalina aircraft (270 Sqn RAF/G) dropped 6 depth charges on the boat. The extensive damage limited the ability to dive and an oil leak caused a serious loss of fuel that had to be replenished from U-118 (Czygan) on 11 February. (Sources: Rohwer/Ritschel)
3 recorded attacks on this boat.
General notes on this boat
Another Commanding officer?
There is a rather common misunderstanding that Gerhardt Muntz commanded U-175. This is found in variety of sources but is not true and no U-boat commander with that name existed in WWII and certainly not on U-175.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-175 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Shield with Sword and 2 Snake-like objects