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Ordered20 Jan 1941
Laid down15 Nov 1941 Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 303)
Launched6 Mar 1943
Commissioned26 May 1943Oblt. Freiherr Wolfgang-Friedrich von Forstner
26 May 1943 - 4 Mar 1944  Oblt. Wolfgang-Friedrich Freiherr von Forstner
1 patrol
26 May 1943-31 Dec 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Jan 1944-4 Mar 1944  11. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on 4 March 1944 in the Barents Sea south-east of Bear Island, in position 73.05N, 26.40E, by gunfire and rockets from the British destroyer HMS Onslaught and a Swordfish aircraft (816 Sqn FAA/B) of the British escort carrier HMS Chaser. 23 dead and 30 survivors.

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

Wolfpack operations

U-472 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Isegrim (25 Jan 1944 - 27 Jan 1944)
   Werwolf (27 Jan 1944 - 1 Feb 1944)
   Hartmut (24 Feb 1944 - 28 Feb 1944)
   Boreas (28 Feb 1944 - 4 Mar 1944)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-472 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

Crew 37a

Coat of Arms

Media links

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel