List of all U-boats

U-372

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered23 Sep 1939
Laid down17 Nov 1939 Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel (werk 3)
Launched8 Mar 1941
Commissioned19 Apr 1941Kptlt. Heinz-Joachim Neumann
Commanders
19 Apr 1941 - 4 Aug 1942  Kptlt. Heinz-Joachim Neumann
Career
6 patrols
19 Apr 1941-1 Jul 1941  1. Flottille (training)
1 Jul 1941-13 Dec 1941  1. Flottille (active service)
14 Dec 1941-4 Aug 1942  29. Flottille (active service)
Successes3 ships sunk, total tonnage 11,751 GRT
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 14,650 GRT
Fate

Sunk 4 Aug 1942 in the Mediterranean south-west of Haifa, in position 32.28N, 34.37E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Sikh and HMS Zulu and the escort destroyers HMS Croome and HMS Tetcott and by depth charges from a British Wellington aircraft (221 Sqdn.). 48 survivors (no casualties).

Loss position

See the 4 ships hit by U-372 - View the 6 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-372 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Brandenburg (15 Sep 1941 - 1 Oct 1941)
   Störtebecker (16 Nov 1941 - 19 Nov 1941)
   Steuben (19 Nov 1941 - 2 Dec 1941)

Attacks on this boat and other events

5 Aug 1941
After sinking two ships from the heavily escorted convoy SL-81 the boat was attacked in turn by its third intended victim, the British freighter Volturo, which also brought in the escort corvette HMS Zinnia, which fired on U-372 and made to ram her. The boat managed to dive and escaped unscathed. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 333)

12 Aug 1941
08.55 hrs, Bay of Biscay, inbound: the Blenheim Z5959 (1404 Met Flt RAF/C, pilot FltLt D.F. Wykeham-Martin, RAFVR) attempted to surprise U-372 by carrying out a dive bomb attack from cloud cover, but she evaded by turning towards the attacker and then immediately crash-diving. A first 250lb A/S bomb detonated about 35 yards off the port bow and a second was dropped shortly after the U-boat submerged. Although the boat was not damaged, it seems there were some difficulties diving, as the aircrew observed her stern remain visible above water until it disappeared in an oily patch left by a large air bubble. (Sources: KTB U-372/ADM 199-1781)

2 recorded attacks on this boat.

Men lost from the boat

23 Nov 1941
During stormy weather, a lookout was badly injured on U-372.

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


Coat of Arms of Viersen

Media links


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay